State Law on Campaign Yard Signs

I had an Obama/Biden yard sign up in my “yard” for just a few days before it was removed. I thought at first that our homeowner’s association may have had something to do with it, but I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore. I don’t know what happened to it and it doesn’t really matter at this point.

So when you have a complaint, the first thing you do is you blog about it, right? My friend KathyHowe kindly pointed me towards the state law on campaign yard signs.

Some municipalities have ordinances restricting the placement of lawn signs. In a state general election year (even years), these ordinances are overruled by Minnesota Statutes 211B.045 from August 1st until 10 days after the general election, and campaign signs may be posted in any size and number. In municipalities which have no sign ordinance, campaign signs may be posted in any size and number throughout the year.

Additional information on the legal placement of signs may be found in the DOT Letter to Candidates (pdf).

211B.045 NONCOMMERCIAL SIGNS EXEMPTION

In any municipality, whether or not the municipality has an ordinance that regulates the size or number of noncommercial signs, all noncommercial signs of any size may be posted in any number from August 1 in a state general election year until ten days following the state general election.

So display your yard sign proudly. Even though you might not catch the bastard thieves, you can feel whatever you need to feel knowing your display was not illegal.

4 Comments so far

  1. aaronvehling on October 16th, 2008 @ 10:15 am

    I bet I know why it was stolen. The Obama campaign charges $7 for a sign. That’s a heft sum considering the product.


  2. Erica M (ericam) on October 16th, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    $7? Wow. I was thinking more like $2. When we went to the campaign office, I fully expected them to charge me for it and they didn’t, so I had no idea how much they cost.


  3. David (jacc) on October 16th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

    I have a friend running for Mn House Rep this year and he tells me a small sign costs $15, that’s for two colors and nothing fancy.

    With all the money Obama has raised I’m suprised the campaign charges supporters for signs. I wonder if the money spent on a sign is tax deductible?


  4. aaronvehling on October 16th, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    I’m thinking they’re trying to recoup at least some of the costs of manufacturing the yard signs so they can use the money to run TV ads and the like – stuff that has the potential to reach more people.



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