Rochester, N.Y. – Political lawn signs -- just another way candidates try to sway voters.
“There's a lot made of lawn signs, I think they're helpful. They certainly provide candidates with name recognition,” said Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Morelle. “But I think voters need to know a little bit more than your name on your lawn signs before they can make a decision.”
Morelle says each municipality has different rules for lawn signs, but he encourages all of his candidates and their workers and volunteers to ask the property owner's permission to put the sign on their lawn.
Call it bipartisanship, Monroe County Republican Party Chairman Bill Reilich agrees.
“We certainly insist that someone has permission before putting up a sign,” said Reilich.
As far as how long the signs can stay up, each municipality is different.
“We’re very conscious of not having them out beyond Election Day,” said Reilich. “Most of the towns have an effort that if not the very next day after Election Day, certainly by the following weekend that all the signs are down.”
We checked with some towns to get a better handle on their rules regarding these signs and learned it is illegal to plant signs in right-of-ways and public places.