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Jun 22, 2012 8:17 PM by Siera Santos

Hefty fines issued for yanking campaign signs

Before you yank that annoying campaign sign out of the ground, you may want to think twice.

There's a $750 fine for vandalizing or removing campaign signs without permission. While sometimes it's kids kicking down the yard signs for fun, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder says other times, it's the opposing campaign.

In other cases, citizens simply don't like the look of them.

"Sometimes citizens think: 'We want a clean community. I'm going to pick up those signs because it's unattractive,'" says Alissa Vander Veen of the El Paso County Clerk and Record.

What they don't realize is it's illegal and comes with a hefty penalty.

Four days after the election, citizens are free to collect the signs themselves and throw them away. But it's the campaign's duty to make sure all signs are removed 14 days after the election.

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