We are just a couple of weeks away from the General election and a major issue has popped up across New York State.

Politics are very divisive and that has led people from both sides of the aisle to take it upon themselves and either steal or damage political signs from people from the opposing signs.

This could end up getting you into a lot of trouble. If you are caught stealing or damaging a political sign in New York you could end up going to jail. Political signs are considered private property of the person who put them out on their lawn just like other holiday decorations.

Offenders may be charged with theft and damage to property and each is considered a misdemeanor with punishment up to a fine and jail time. If the sign or the amount of damage is over $1000 you could be charged with a felony.

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In general, all political signs should be taken down and removed from your property no later than 3 days after the election which will happen on Tuesday, November 7th this year.

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