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Election sign eviction: candidates have 72 hours to catch ’em all

It’s cleanup time for local election candidates. While their campaign signs have been a mainstay on Grande Prairie streets for the last month, those running now have 72 hours to remove all signs from public and Crown land.

According to the provincial government, if signs are not picked from the side of provincially operated roadways within the 72-hour time limit, Transportation Alberta gets involved.

“Signs will be stored at the nearest highway maintenance facility or Alberta Transportation district office. The campaign office will be notified to arrange to have the signs picked up. Alberta Transportation is not responsible for any signs damaged during the removal process.”

But what about roads owned by the municipality? There is a rule for that, too.

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“With the election now complete,” explains the City of Grande Prairie, “we are reminding each candidate and their campaign volunteers that election signs on city property are required to be removed within the 7 day period outlined in our Signs Land Use Bylaw.”

Signs on private property are also supposed to be removed, but, in most cases, they will be collected by whichever candidate asked to install it in the first place.

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