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What are the laws regarding campaign signs?

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 16 2014 08:19:29 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 01:47:53 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

There’s evidence of an upcoming election all over Abilene.

"People can start posting signs 90 days before the election and they must be removed within 10 days after the election," said Darah Waldrip, TxDOT Abilene district public information officer.

With the primaries coming up on March 4 you're starting to see more signs, but city elections are still more than 100 days away. Campaign signs for mayor or city council candidates should be nowhere in sight.

Councilman Robert Briley announced he is running for mayor back in December. Recently, two signs reading, “Briley for mayor” popped up on a lawn in south Abilene.

The earliest Briley or his opponent, Mayor Norm Archibald can put up campaign signs is February 9.

Briley said they were handheld signs left over from the night he announced he was running. He realized they should not be out yet and he quickly made his way to the home and sent us a video of the homeowner removing the signs.

Where can signs be posted?

"The campaign sign has to be posted on private property and you have to have the property owner’s permission of course. And also the sign has to be made of lightweight materials and it can be no more than 50 square feet," said Waldrip.

Where are they prohibited?

“We just want everyone to be aware that it's illegal to post on state property," said Waldrip.