The primary is over, but it's still a crime to remove or deface political signs

Release Date: August 11, 2017

Removing or defacing a lawfully placed political sign is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. Please contact the police (9-1-1) if you see a sign being defaced or removed illegally. There have been reports in recent days that political signs have been removed illegally in Sammamish.

Although the recent primary election is over, keep in mind that many candidates are still in the running for the general election in November, and have every right to display their signs.

From the Revised Code of Washington:

RCW 29A.84.040

Political advertising, removing or defacing.

A person who removes or defaces lawfully placed political advertising including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable to the same extent as a misdemeanor that is punishable under RCW 9A.20.021.