Sign here: Political signs draw complaints; law limits cities’ abilities to remove them


By Beth Duckett

The Arizona Republic

Need a reminder that elections are under way? Look no farther than your nearest street corner.

Political signs are dotting Arizona’s landscape in droves this election season, stirring up complaints from residents who say they are tired of the visual pollution marring their views at intersections and roadsides.

Local elections coincide with state and national races in the Aug. 28 primary.

While political signs during elections are nothing new, critics say a law passed by the state Legislature last year limits a city’s ability to remove the signs, leading to more campaign clutter in the ever-spiraling race for name recognition.

Cities and towns that have prohibited the signs from public rights of way now are barred from removing them during elections.

Under the new law, campaign and ballot-measure signs cannot be removed from a public right of way from 60 days before a primary election until 15 days after a general election. This year’s general election is Nov. 6.



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