PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The midterm elections are over, so why are we still seeing political signs all over the Valley?

State law has some clear deadlines for these signs. Fifteen days after the election, they need to come down.

But it's now been 21 days since the midterms.

"They're just blocking the streets and the distraction and it's just a lot of clutter around," said Ariana Litewski.

Many candidates and their campaigns were quick to remove campaign signs after the election.

"Don't get me wrong. It's nice to get to know these people,” said Aniesa Parker.

On Tuesday, a handful of signs remained planted on street corners around Phoenix.

“Very tired of the politics, even before the election,” said Karen Berrigan.

Despite state law saying it is time they come down, the City of Phoenix says it won't be touching any of them because one race isn't over yet.

The race for Phoenix mayor was too close to call, so there will be a runoff election in March.

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And because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the City of Phoenix says it can't remove signs during an election season based on their message or who they're for.

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“I think it's just very confusing,” said Parker. “I would just like to see the other ones that are not involved taken down so that way I know exactly what's going on."

The only way the City will get involved in political signs is if they’re blocking the right of way.

So it's possible the people of Phoenix will see political signs for another four months unless the candidates and their campaigns take them all down themselves.

"I’m not going to go out and pull them down, so just ignore it,” said Berrigan.

According to Arizona state law, it’s a misdemeanor for anyone to remove or deface a political sign, but that's only before and an election and until seven days after the election.

 


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