Navigating the World of Political Yard Signs:
The election landscape has undeniably changed in recent years, thanks to tech-savvy campaigns and the wave of social media platforms that include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, among others. Nonetheless, the election year tradition of displaying political yard signs continues to be a mainstay in neighborhoods across America. As part of an overall election plan, campaign signs are an invaluable means for getting the word out and rallying voters to the booths.
Name recognition is the name of the game! Political campaigns work tirelessly to make their candidates known and this grassroots way of ensuring a nominee is known to the masses is a cost effective way to get the job done.
Getting Out the Vote
Timing is everything. Generally, election signs should be displayed beginning early in a campaign cycle and, while every area will have local laws governing time limits for how long signs can remain posted, the general rule of thumb is for seven to 10 days after an election.
Sign Posting Conundrums
Political signs are legal in most neighborhoods throughout the country, though there are rules that vary stating where, how, and when these signs can be displayed. Neighborhood residents are free to post election signs in their yards, as long as the property owner gives permission to do so.
Displaying yard signs on rental property can be a bit more complicated, especially when owner and tenant have opposing political views, or when a renter doesn’t prefer to express political views at all. Many factors play into this decision, including whether the leaseholder has exclusive use of the yard, there is a clause in the rental contract specifying the rights of the occupant and the owner, or whether political signs are prohibited. Before posting election signs, be aware of the regulations specified in your lease. Additionally, homeowners’ associations (HOA’s), which are private property, are allowed to set regulations regarding whether political signs are permitted in homeowners’ yards.
Public areas, on the other hand, require a bit more consideration and proper planning to avoid costly fines and having signs permanently removed. There are usually rules regulating – or barring – the posting of political signs. For example, restrictions may limit where signs can be placed, for example not near traffic lights or signs, easements along roadways, or between private properties. Be sure to check with your local jurisdiction for the latest guidelines.
Is it Illegal to Remove Election Signs?
Removing political signs not located on your property will likely be considered as trespassing, theft, or property damage (all of which are illegal), and may result in a misdemeanor charge against the individual(s) who remove them. If you feel political signs should not be posted in a specific public venue, it is best to contact local authorities and leave the decision (and sign removal) to them.
Each state has a law that requires polling places to remain campaign free on Election Day and creates buffer zones where signs are prohibited. Typically, these areas are 100 to 600 feet away from the polling station entrance.
What Should my Sign Say?
When used strategically, yard signs can considerably impact a political campaign. Randomly posting signs is an ineffective way to secure votes. To get the most out of every sign, focus them in areas where your candidate has a legitimate chance of securing a win and post them on private property where they are most likely to be noticed by actual voters (rather than those who are not your constituents). Often referred to as information shortcuts, election signs also serve as a persuasive means of voter motivation and can guide uninformed voters to connect a nominee’s name with family, friends, or neighbors whose opinions matter.
Design your Political Sign
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