Campaign Signs Must Comply with Regulations

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RENO -- With the June 10th primary approaching, campaign signs are abundant in the region. The signs can't be placed just anywhere -- there are numerous regulations. Washoe County Registrar of Voters Luanne Cutler said NDOT, Washoe County, Reno and Sparks all have rules for their respective jurisdictions.

"It is a candidate who is responsible for their own signs," Cutler said. She added candidates are responsible for their signs, even if they didn't personally hang them.

While each jurisdiction has different guidelines for campaign signs, generally the signs may not be placed in the public right-of-way, in a way that blocks the view of drivers or on private property without permission of the property owner.

Reno's code enforcement handles complaints from people who think signs may not be placed within regulations.

"If it's not an immediate hazard we will try to notify that candidate to have them try to move that sign out of the right-of-way," Joe Henry, the acting code enforcement manager, said.

Cutler said whether someone believes a sign is placed within regulations or not, it's best to first contact the candidate if the sign is bothering you. Cutler said the candidate might not mind moving the sign.

The Reno Police Department said some signs, which may have been placed within guidelines, have been stolen. A mayoral candidate said more than two-dozen of her signs were stolen -- some of which cost $60. RPD said stealing signs is a misdemeanor and could potentially be a gross misdemeanor, depending on the value of the signs taken. RPD also said graffiti has been found on campaign signs.