Saturday, December 20, 2014

Campaign signs are seen huddled together near Milne Implement. A multitude of signs are placed around Dawson County and in Glendive city limits in preparation for the June 3 primary. Election signs can only be displayed on private land, among other restrictions.

Complex rules govern campaign signs

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Judging by the overwhelming abundance of campaign signs, it’s election time again. A review of the city and state laws regarding campaign signage reveals when and where signs can be posted.

The city ordinance states “no political sign, poster, or handbill shall be located within or over the public right of way or on any utility pole, official public sign, bridge, or fire hydrant.” Signs can be displayed on private land only. Any public fence is also off limits.

The maximum size for a campaign sign in the city is 32 square feet, and if detached, shall not exceed six feet in height. The size limitations are for the protection of drivers who may be distracted by an overwhelming size or unable to see oncoming traffic.

State laws say campaign signs cannot be placed within 500 feet of an intersection along a primary highway or an interchange or rest area on an interstate highway.

Deputy election administrator Heather Haggerty said signs must also be 100 feet from all polling places, located at the courthouse, EPIC and senior citizens center in Richey.

“They’ve had to measure before,” she added.

Signs in the city must be taken down within 15 days after the election, and rural signs must come down within 30 days.

Anthony Varriano can be contacted at rrwriter@rangerreview.com.

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