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Sunday, September 16, 2018



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You can’t put that “vote for me” sign just anywhere

You can’t put that “vote for me” sign just anywhere

It's getting near to campaign season, and political signs endorsing candidates are popping up in various places.

But did you know there are rules and regulations to where they can be placed? State and municipal laws dictate where candidates can and cannot display political signs.

Louisiana state law (RS 18:1470) prohibits political signs from being erected, posted or displayed on publicly-owned property. Signs cannot appear in a publicly-owned right of way, utility poles or property.

In Terrebonne Parish, campaign signs can't be put on private property until 90 days prior to qualifying, when candidates officially register for the election. Qualifying for the Oct. 24 election is Sept. 8-10.

The political signs must also be removed within 10 days of the election, but the time restriction doesn't apply to billboards.

Lafourche Parish has no such campaign signs law other than prohibiting signs on public property and utility poles.

Removal of campaign signs by anyone other than the candidate or campaign is a crime and can carry theft or vandalism charges.

Louisiana has laws banning political signs on public property, rights-of-way, or utility poles. Signs are not allowed within a 600-foot radius of a polling place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on an election day.

Based on another statute, political material must contain a disclaimer naming those who paid for the communication. If a sign is funded through a candidate or a candidate's committee, it should say "paid for by" and the name of the candidate or committee.

If paid for by another group, the sign should say who paid for it and if it was authorized by the candidate or campaign.

And if you’re not registered to vote in the October 24 primary, it’s not too late. This week, Registrars of Voters across the state are hosting Voter Registration Week activities aimed at registering eligible citizens to vote.

“Our voter registration statistics are some of the most robust in the nation,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

“Approximately 84% of our eligible citizens are already registered because we’ve made it quick and easy. This week is the perfect time to get informed, check your registration status, and if you’re not already registered, get registered leading up to the statewide elections this fall.”

Louisiana was one of the first states in the nation to implement an easy, convenient online voter registration portal. Citizens with a valid Louisiana driver’s license can register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the convenience of their home or office by visiting www.GeauxVote.com.

Citizens wishing to register by mail can complete an application which can be found at www.GeauxVote.com, at public libraries or through registration drives at the following locations:

- Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 1-3 p.m., Golden Meadow Town Hall, 107 Jervis Drive, Golden Meadow, (in frontof Office of MotorVehicles);

- Thursday, Sept. 3, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Lockport Public Library, 720 Crescent Ave., Lockport;

- Friday, Sept. 4, from 9-11 a.m., South Lafourche Public Library, 16241 E. Main St., Galliano; and

- Saturday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m.-noon, Lafourche Central Market, 4484 LA Hwy. 1, Raceland.

The last day to register to vote for the primary is Wednesday, September 23rd.