The Elections Are Over...Time To Clean Up!

November 5, 2004 – Posted at 3:15 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- The general elections are over and for many, it's a relief. No more political commercials on TV, flyers on the windshield or candidates calling. But one thing still remains... the election signs. But just how much longer will we have to stare at the colorful eyesores?

Ron Shipley with the City of Jonesboro said, "The political sign is not an object of art. It's a necessary evil of campaigning."

The roads in Region 8 have been dotted with political signs for months now. And with the elections over, it's time to see them go…except for a few.

"Any of the candidates that are in a run off, we would expect them to be able to maintain their signs," said Shipley.

But as for the rest of them?

"With this weather and everything we can expect to see their signs gone, probably by the weekend. We're going to give everybody a reasonable amount of time. Typically, we allow the signs stay up for about two weeks," said Shipley.

Shipley says there's never been a problem in the past with candidates not cleaning up their signs, but for those who refuse, there cold be a fine.

"If we have a situation where we meet resistance in getting the signs up, then we revert to the court systems," said Shipley, "We will then issue a citation for the removal, but again, I don't anticipate that happening."

Citations are set by the judicial system, and could range from $50 to $100 dollars.

"Typically, if we do confiscate the signs, we'll start a little pile in the back of city hall and notify the candidates they can come get them. That is their property and we would like to return that to them," said Shipley.

If your candidate didn't win and you made the commitment to a bumper sticker, it might be time to get rid of it.

Start by trying to peel the sticker off with your fingernails. To loosen the adhesive, heat vinyl stickers with a hair dryer or a heat gun. Do not overheat the paint, or it will be more likely to chip. Then, peel the sticker slowly, pulling it off at a 90-degree angle while heating the next section. Put a solution of 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Squirt the sticker with the solution and allow it to soak in for a few minutes. Rub the sticker off with your fingers and then wash the area with mild soap. Never use a metal scraper or anything abrasive on your car's finish; try a plastic putty knife instead. Waxing the car will help buff up the surface after the adhesive has been removed.