PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Now that the election fanfare is dying down, the cleanup begins; but what to do with the political signs all over the place?
Town clerks say they are still considered the private property of the candidate or the campaign, so unless you specifically put the sign there, it's illegal to remove it or deface it, even after the election.
Campaigns have one week after the election to take those signs down. If the signs haven't been removed, towns and cities will often start cleaning up the roads and throwing the signs out.
Some people were out Wednesday cleaning up in preparation of the high winds Wednesday night's storm could bring.
While campaigns have just one week to clean up, people with signs on their private property can leave them there as long as they'd like.