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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Want campaign signs removed? Don’t call VDOT.

Pamela Danner and her husband David put up campaign signs along Route 123. Danner ran for the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 34th District. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
The polls have been closed for days but campaign signs linger in Northern Virginia as a reminder of last week’s election. Community message boards such as Fairfax Underground are peppered with a simple piece of advice for getting rid of them: Call VDOT.

Fairfax County recommends residents call the state Department of Transportation, stating that only VDOT — and not the county — has authority to remove signs.

Not exactly, says VDOT.

“We’re not a litter company,” VDOT spokeswoman Joan Morris told Monday. “We remove the ones that are a hazard” on roads and rights of way.

VDOT cannot remove signs from private property.

Remaining campaign signs are the responsibility of the campaign and property owners to remove.

On private property, campaign signs must be taken down within 15 days of the election, which means residents could be looking at them for another week.

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