Be careful where you place political signs

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With election season in full swing, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is issuing a reminder about campaign signs. 

According to the West Virginia State Code, political signs are not allowed on state property, which includes rights of way and roadsides. 

Those convicted of violating this code are guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined up to $100 per sign. 

Warner also said that removing or destroying campaign signs that are properly displayed is a criminal offense. 

He added that his Elections Division has notified candidates of the restrictions. 

“Inevitably, some candidates or their supporters will place signs on state-owned property despite the law and despite our advice not to do it,” Warner said in a press release. “They do so at their own risk and subject themselves to penalties of the law.”

The DOH has also issued its own advisory about political signs. 

Those rules include: 

-Signs or posters near rights of way must comply with the outdoor advertising statute in the West Virginia Code adn must also follow any municipal ordinances 

-Signs or posters cannot be placed on or block Division of Highways traffic control signs

-Signs or posters cannot be placed on elements in nature like rocks or trees

-Avoid placing materials on fence posts, utility poles or objects on private property without the owner’s consent

-Political overhead banners cannot be placed over any county, state or federal highway. 

Any candidate with questions can call the West Virginia Secretary of State Elections Division at (304) 558-6000.

To repot a problem call  1-877-FRAUD-WV.

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