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CAMPAIGN SIGNS MUST FOLLOW STATE GUIDELINES

LUFKIN -As candidates prepare for the Nov. 3 elections, the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding them and their supporters that the law dictates where campaign signs can be placed along Texas roadways.
During campaign season, the Texas landscape is dotted with political signs. Posting signage on public lands is illegal. TxDOT is urging candidates, constituents and supporters to remember:

  *   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 a sign is placed in the right of way or is posing a traffic hazard, it will be removed without prior notice. All costs associated with sign removal will be paid by the sign owner.
Signs placed on private property that can be seen from the roadway must display certain language found in Section 255.007 of the Texas Election Code. That specific language and other requirements can be found at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/EL/htm/EL.255.htm.
For answers regarding signage, visit txdot.gov or contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

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