Ask Joe: Campaign Sign Rules

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 11/01/2012 6:43 pm

 Jim Mack wrote in asking if its legal for candidates to post their campaign signs outside of places where people are voting ?
 
I checked with Luanne Carter in the Wahoe County Registrar's Office. She says the rule is fairly simple.

Any campaign signs have to be at least 100 feet from the polls themselves.
 The point of the law to keep voters from being influenced while they are casting their votes. 
And Carter says poll workers actually have a tape they use to measure the distance if a question comes up.
Now there was a campaign sign out in front of the North Valley's Library this week but Carter says she checked with poll workers today and it was gone.
  By the way  on election day the law is a little different.  Signs have to be at least 100 feet from the entrance to a polling location, so it pushes that distance out just a bit. 
  The bottom line is poll workers are informed about this rule, and its their job to enforce it.


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