The dos and don’ts of political sign placement

Rules vary from town-to-town over placement on public land

This sign opposing ballot question 3 (casino repeal) was placed on state property at the Route 57 Rotary in Agawam.

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Political signage has become increasingly visible throughout western Massachusetts as we approach Election Day in November, but the rules about where those signs can be can vary greatly from town to town.

Other than being 150 feet away from a polling station, there are not many regulations. It is left mainly to each individual community to decide whether signs can be placed on public land.

If signs are on private land, they can stay there as long as landowner wants.

Campaign signs go up from time to time at the Route 57 Rotary in Agawam, which is state property. As a result, state police may remove them if there are contentions about whether the signs affect driver visibility.

Most people 22News with Thursday have become used to the increased signage.

“I see it everywhere: walking, taking a bus, car, its just they pop up everywhere and sometimes you just get so used to it you don’t pay that much attention to it,” Matthew Codrington of Springfield said.

Any sign that is left 15 feet from the road can be picked up by the city or town if the property owner does not remove it.

Agawam Town Clerk Richard Theroux said that the town’s department of public works will pick up signs that are left on public property after the November 4 elections.

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