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For Immediate Release 
October 27, 2004
Contact: Doug Dunbar

Secretary of State Issues Reminder about Unauthorized
Removal or Destruction of Political Signs

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Responding to questions from candidates and political organizations, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky issued a reminder on Wednesday that the unauthorized removal or destruction of political signs is a civil violation under Maine law (Title 23, Section 1917-A), and may carry a fine of up to $250.

Specifically, the law states that “a person who takes, defaces or disturbs a lawfully placed sign bearing political messages relating to a general election, primary election or referendum commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of up to $250 may be adjudged.”

The law does not apply to a person authorized by a candidate or political committee to remove signs placed by or at the direction of that candidate or political committee. It also does not apply to the landowner, or agent of the landowner, on whose property a sign has been placed.

Secretary Gwadosky is urging the public to be mindful of laws pertaining to sign placement and removal. Additional information is available online at www.maine.gov/mdot/traffic-counts/public-signs.php or by calling the Maine Department of Transportation, Right of Way Maintenance Control at 207-624-3611.