MTYT: Candidates, pick up your signs

By Gary McNair - bio|email

Last week North Carolina voters went to the polls for the 2010 primary election.  One week later and I'm still waiting – but not for results.

The winners and losers have exactly seven days following the election to pick up their political signs along the roadsides. Just drive around town and you'll still see them just about everywhere.  There are so many out there you'd never know the results have already come in.

We get tons of complaints about this every political season.  Why does this continue to be a problem?  I guess we need tougher measures.  Tough fines might be in order – but why not take it one step further?

For those who won last week, how about not being on the November ballot if your signs aren't picked up by the deadline?  And for those of you who lost, maybe you should be banned from ever running for public office again.

The people have spoken, and we want public servants who will clean up after themselves.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Emailed comments from viewers:

I totally agree with you!  Those signs are an eyesore even prior to the voting.   Especially when they put ten of them 6" apart in a row.  It's abusive.  Let's go for fines and barring running for any government office for a set amount of time.


I agree with you about the political signs..its over pick them up..some that have left signs out are the ones that have put sign laws into a Real Estate agent we have to follow the sign ordinances and we truly are out here helping the economy OR be fined or signs thrown into the sign graveyard.. Again it becomes an exception for them and a rule for the rest.


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