Local Cities Take Complaints for Campaign Sign Violators
Halloween decorations are not the only thing you will find in people’s front yards. Everywhere you look you’ll find campaign signs touting various political candidates.
“I don’t pay too much attention to them. Basically, I just know what I’m going to be voting for,” said Plymouth resident Abdou Diouf.
Many cities have ordinances when it comes to non-commercial signs. However, during election season state law supersedes municipal regulations.
Campaign Lawn Signs Dos and Don’ts
There are a lot of places where you can place campaign signs. However, there are limits, too. Technically, you are not supposed to put signs along the boulevard.
“That’s where really we get most of our calls and concerns. Are the signs in the right locations?” said Plymouth Community Development Director Steve Juetten. “Our code enforcers are doing a lot more running around because of the time of year.”
City officials say the most important thing to remember is that campaign signs have to be on private property. If you want to place a sign in someone else’s yard, you have to get permission.
Safety is also a concern when installing campaign signs.
“Make sure the signs are not blocking visibility for people trying to make corners driving down the street,” explained Robbinsdale City Manager Marcia Glick.
No matter the political affiliation, most folks we talked with say it is awesome to see folks exercising their First Amendment rights.
“It’s important for the candidate to make sure they get their name out and it’s a nice reminder for those of us who support a particular candidate,” said Plymouth resident Manny Laureano.
With a huge smile on his face, Plymouth resident Dane Anderson said, “The more the merrier, get the word out and what people believe and they’re doing and information is great. I love it.”
If a campaign sign is on public property, city code enforcers will either remove it or they will contact the campaigns and tell them to take it off public property.
You can find more information on campaign signs at the Secretary of State website.