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Political signs put up too early in Jacksonville

Political signs put up too early in Jacksonville

POSTED: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:42pm

Political signs have begun popping up across town in anticipation of the upcoming March primaries, and the City of Jacksonville wants to remind its citizens that such signs are illegal until 30 days before election day.

City ordinance mandates that all political signs and posters only be "constructed, erected or maintained" 30 days prior to any given election - which means signs for the March 2 primaries cannot legally appear within the Jacksonville city limits until Jan. 31. This includes signs placed on private property.

State law allows political posters to be displayed 90 days before an election; however, state law is superseded within the city limits by city ordinance.

The ordinance also states that no political signs shall be permitted in or on a public right-of-way or on any utility, telephone or traffic posts. Signs may also be no larger than 32 square feet, nor may they exceed 4 feet by 8 feet. All political signs also need to be removed within 72 hours of the election's completion.

City Manager Mo Raissi said that signs and posters found to be in violation of the ordinance will be taken down by code enforcement officials and collected at the Public Works building. The signs will then be available for pick-up once it is legal for them to be publicly displayed. Confiscated signs will be held for a time and then disposed of if not reclaimed.

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