I am seeing buzz over the city of Midlothian not allowing some candidates and their supporters to display political signs. Here what the State of Texas has to say about it…
Rules for Posting Campaign Signs
During campaign season, the landscape blooms with a special kind of flower – the political sign. Unlike wildflowers that are welcome anywhere, putting campaign signs on public lands is illegal. So before you plant that sign, learn the law and keep Texas beautiful.
You need to know
It is illegal to place any signs on or within the right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way.
Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner’s permission.
Signs must be made of lightweight material and be no larger than 50 square feet.
Campaign signs may be posted as early as 90 days before an election (no earlier) and must be removed within 10 days after the election.
Before placing a sign inside of incorporated city limits, check with the city for applicable ordinances.
If you’ve placed your sign in the right of way or it’s posing a traffic hazard, we will remove it without prior notice. All costs associated with sign removal will be paid by the sign owner.
For more information about the rules governing campaign signs, please call (512) 416-2901.
What is different is the City of Midlothian only allows; signs 30 days prior to the first day of early voting, not on to exceed 6 feet in height, no more than 36 square feet, no city-owned property or public right-of-ways. If signs in violation of this ordinance are not removed within 24 hours of campaigned headquarters being notified of the violation, code enforcement will remove the signs and the candidate will be charged $5 for every sign in violation.
I am curious what is going on over there in regards to the signs. I contacted a candidate that had been campaigning in the area for some elaboration on the topic.