Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley warns county residents that tampering with campaign signs is against the law.
"The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office is receiving numerous complaints concerning the removal and or destruction of campaign …
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"The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office is receiving numerous complaints concerning the removal and or destruction of campaign signs," Baxley said via Facebook. "Please be aware this is a crime that is punishable by law if someone is caught doing this."
Baxley said that during election time signs are placed through the county on both private and public property.
"These signs cost the candidates or donors to the candidate," he added. "Please do not mess with them. If you have one that is on your private property and do not want it there, contact the candidate and ask them to come get it. Please do not throw it away."
Baxley said that signs in prohibited areas in towns and municipalities are often removed by town maintenance personnel and kept in maintenance facilities.
"Due to the restrictions placed because of the coronavirus, these signs are one of the few ways that candidates can get their names out," Baxley said. "The June primaries are only a month away."
Baxley said that anyone that sees someone tampering with or removing campaign signs should call the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office at (803) 435-4414 during normal business hours or (803) 435-8877 after hours and on weekends or holidays.
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