New Campaign Sign Law

By: HermelindaVargas
By: HermelindaVargas

Effective July 1, all Florida candidates will have to change the disclaimers on their campaign signs to comply with a new law. Candidates are upset about the change, which comes at the height of election season.

Dan Estes says changing his signs to comply with the new law will cost him a few extra hundred dollars. But he says he's not that upset about it.

"I prefer that they would have done this back in January. But as long as everybody else has to do it, I'm o.k."

Other candidates who stand to lose more are not that o.k. about it. They want the state to grandfather signs already in place.

"It could literally be a couple of thousand dollars to a major campaign. If you've distributes seven to eight thousand signs. Then be able to go back there, the cost of printing and reapplying the new language. It can be quite expensive."

"Sheriff McKeithen is going to comply with the law. It's just unfortunate for him and the other candidates that they have to comply with a new law in the middle of a campaign and change their advertising in order to comply with a new law that doesn't make any substantive differences,"

"The new requirement doesn't change the meaning of the disclaimer found at the bottom of political signs. But it does require candidates to drop abbreviations and to spell-out their party affiliation and the sign's funding source."

The Department of State and Division of Elections suggests a sticker can solve the problem of having to reprint expensive signs, but even that can be time-consuming and expensive according to some candidates.

Candidates in other counties are so upset by the new law, they are threatening to sue.


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