Defacing, destroying political signs is illegal in Wisconsin

After some reports of destruction and removal, Douglas County clerk issues reminder to leave political signs alone.

Political signs line a field along Tower Avenue near the fairgrounds in Superior. Wisconsin law prohibits defacing and removing of legally placed signs.
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SUPERIOR — Douglas County Clerk Susan Sandvick is reminding the public that destruction of political candidate signs is illegal.

Under Wisconsin law, no person may deface, destroy or remove any legally placed election campaign sign, or alter the information printed on it. Doing so can result in a fine of $100 per sign.

In addition, political signs that are placed on public property or within a highway right-of-way may be removed by local authorities.

The partisan primary is Aug. 9, and the general election is Nov. 8, and there have been reports of destruction and removal of signs, Sandvick said.

“Political signs are personal property,” she said. “It’s simply not right to destroy political signs for whatever reason.”


Reports of people destroying or defacing signs can be directed to law enforcement or her office. The public can contact Sandvick at 715-395-1568 with any questions on the statute.

“Douglas County embraces an environment of a positive campaign season and voting experience, with as little disruption as possible,” said Sandvick.

She asks the public simply respect all components of the electoral process.

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