Campaign signs should be removed

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Campaign signs are still in place on the roads in Truckee Meadows. They must be removed by city, county, or state ordinance.

At the state level, signs must be 660 feet from the roadway on private property. From a danger point of view, it is obvious that the signs must be removed 30 days after the election.

A damaged sign must be removed before this date.

“Road safety,” says Meg Ragonese of the Nevada Department of Transportation. “Political and other advertising signs can be blown away, land on the roadway, which could also create a hazard. They could also be a visual distraction for drivers. So this Nevada state law is really essential to help protect and improve safety on our roads,” she says.

Here in the Reno Sparks area, residents may be surprised that parts of major roads like South Virginia Street, Kietzke, McCarran, and Pyramid Highway are all state roads.

Signs located on private property in these areas are also subject to these state laws.

Washoe County has perhaps the strictest political sign laws. These signs posted on private county property must be removed 10 days after the election.

There is a $100 fine for the first violation notice. This fine goes to the owner. “They’re very obedient,” says Alex Woodley of candidates for public office. Woodley is the Director of Code Compliance for the City of Reno.

He says there is a 95-day deadline to remove the signs after the primary and the countdown started on June 10, 2022.

That means applicants won’t have to remove City of Reno signs until September.

If the candidate went to the general elections?

“You are going to the general election, so what we would do, if it comes to our attention, we would contact the candidate. and let them know it needs to be changed, it needs to be removed,” says Woodley. “And then put back on the same property. But it would take us at least 24 hours to start all over again,” he says.

Woodley says that due to a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the city cannot distinguish between a campaign sign and any other sign properly posted on private property.

The size, location and duration will be regulated as a campaign sign.

So, depending on the sign and its location, drivers and residents may see advertisements for candidates on streets and in neighborhoods throughout the summer.

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