Those campaign signs in your neighbor's yard have got to go by Nov. 18

Picking up the signs is a campaign tradition for one candidate.
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It might look like something's missing from your neighborhood over the next several days.

That's because in many cities, all those political signs decorating people's lawns have to be removed by Nov. 18.

Minnesota State Law allows yard signs 46 days before the state's primary election until 10 days after Election Day, overriding any city's ordinance that regulates noncommercial yard signs throughout the year.

So come Nov. 18, cities can start enforcing their ordinance that bans noncommercial signs from yards, the League of Minnesota Cities says. And a lot of cities have this rule, including Minneapolis, St. PaulSavage, Faribault, Woodbury and Eagan – check your city's ordinance here.

Over the next week, candidates will send out volunteers to go out and pick up the campaign signs. (Many city ordinances, including Eagan's, require the name and address of the person or committee who is responsible for removing the sign be printed on the actual sign.)

“That’s kind of a campaign tradition, picking up signs the next day,” current Faribault Mayor and State Senator-elect John Jasinski told Faribault Daily News. “It’s a lot more fun picking them up when you win.”

Sarah McKenzie, a media relations coordinator with the City of Minneapolis, told GoMN Thursday that the city usually waits until after the new year to send out notifications to remove the political signs, and the city's Director of Development Services Steve Poor told her he doesn't recall ever issuing a citation for non-compliance.

So what happens to all those yard signs once campaign season is over? Boston.com looked into it a few years ago and found that thrifty candidates will send out volunteers to go get the signs so they can use them again, otherwise they're likely recycled.

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