Who is picking up political signs?

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It would be hard for commuters in Columbus to make it to work, the store or even just down the street without passing a number of political candidates signs leftover from Tuesday's midterm elections.

Some of the signs on Macon Road in Columbus have uprooted and made their way out into the street.

So who is responsible for picking them up?

According to officials with the city's Department of Inspections and Codes, it's the responsibility of all of the candidates to pick up their signs whether they won or lost.

"We'd like for them to already be getting those signs up and even out of people's yards- just the whole nine yards just to get everything cleaned up especially off the city's properties, the major intersections and thoroughfares to go out and get them cleaned up," said Rebecca Wiggins, a manager for Inspections and Codes.

Candidates in runoff races are allowed to leave their signs out for the November 30th vote. Meanwhile, sign inspectors with the city are out pulling up any signs that are in the right of way, no matter who the candidate is.

And what about those scathing political commercials? Voters we asked are happy to see them die down.

I'm tired of them. I'm glad the election is over with. I hope the runoff won't be as bad as the original one. The people that got elected may be they can get on with their business and get this country straightened out," said Leron Sellars.

"There was a lot of mudslinging going on, a lot of accusations going on, a lot of promises being made so for the most part, I'm glad to see it over," said Cedric Cobb.

In terms of penalties for not picking signs up, city officials say they could take candidates to court for the city ordinance violation but they tell WTVM they don't think it will come to that.

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