The other day, we noted that the Vickery Meadow Improvement District, among its many other neighborhood clean-up efforts, is removing signs placed where they shouldn’t be placed.
An Advocate daily blog reader suggests that we also note, pertinent to the time of year, that political signs placed on any public structure or on any right-of-way area, between the sidewalk and the street or in the middle of a divided road, for example, are also illegal.
Also, a few more regulations are listed on eHow’s Rules for Political Yard Signs in Texas:
Political yard signs placed on private property must be lightweight and less than 50 square feet. Land owners may place signs or grant permission for others to place signs on their property up to 90 days before an election, though they must be removed within 10 days after the election. All signs that are on private property that are deemed to be a traffic hazard will be removed by the Department of Transportation without warning, and any fees incurred for sign removal must be paid by the sign’s owner.
Before distributing or posting a campaign sign in Texas, ensure that the sign meets all of the state requirements for sign disclosure and proper wording. All political yard signs must have a disclosure statement noting that the sign is “political advertising” and must also note the person or group who paid for the signs and the candidate or group that approved the sign’s message, according to the Texas Ethics Commission website. Signs must also be worded clearly and not misrepresent the candidate or source of the sign in any way.