Election Sign Law

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

Now that elections are over you probably aren't seeing very many political signs scattered along roadways, but those signs are on the minds of our local city leaders.

Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen held a meeting to try to get all cities on the same page when it comes to campaign signs, and feedback is pretty positive.

From roadside signs to billboards, every city in Bay County has its own sign laws. That means a lot of confusion for political candidates.

Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen gathered the city managers to try to get the same guidelines throughout the county.

Mark Andersen sad, "The only way you can do that is to work with all the cities to get them to do an individual ordinance in each of their cities."

During an election polling places like this one at Frank Brown Park the grounds are covered in political signs. If the proposed ordinance passes, the signs might be required to be at least ten feet. So far, everyone seems to be on board.

Richard Jackson, PCB City Manager, said, "It would be, I think, an advantage to the candidate as well as to the general public to come up with some sort of uniform policy."

"If you don't have a lot of money and can't have a huge, huge sign, that you're basically on the same playing field across the board regardless of how much money you have."

But getting campaign contributions is a part of politics, and some leaders say restricting the size of signs could be seen as a pitfall.

"Freedom of expression. Freedom of speech, not restricting anyone."

Right now Andersen is putting together a proposal for the city managers to take before their commissions in hopes the next election cycle won't be plagued with huge collections of illegal signs like this year's campaigns.

Panama City Beach city manager Richard Jackson says their proposal should go before the council in the next three or four months.


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