Campaign signs cause concern for some Knox County residents

Campaign signs cause concern for some Knox County residents

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It is election season. You can tell by the campaign signs sprouting up along roadsides around East Tennessee. It is election season. You can tell by the campaign signs sprouting up along roadsides around East Tennessee.
According to the election commission, campaign signs can be placed without securing a building permit, but they cannot be more than 32 square feet in size and must be removed no more than five days after the election. According to the election commission, campaign signs can be placed without securing a building permit, but they cannot be more than 32 square feet in size and must be removed no more than five days after the election.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It is election season. You can tell by the campaign signs sprouting up along roadsides around East Tennessee.

So are they an eyesore, no big deal, or possible traffic hazards?

Some people told 6 News they think those signs could be dangerous, blocking views of oncoming traffic.

6 News contacted the election commission and county officials to find out where they can and cannot go.

They are hard to miss this time of year.

Almost anywhere your wheels are turning, there are campaign signs, and the opinions on them are mixed.

"It's that time of year, and it's probably an inexpensive way for people to get out that they're campaigning. Doesn't bother me one way or the other really," said Stan Johnson.

"Personally I don't really like campaign signs. I know they're there for a reason, but I think they put them too close to the roads and instead of one or two signs there's 50 signs. They can be dangerous. Those signs clutter corners where vision's already bad anyway," said Allen Harris.

It is that thought that made 6 News look into what rules you have to follow when putting out campaign signs.

The election commission says it is really up to the county what is allowed.

According to the election commission, campaign signs can be placed without securing a building permit, but they cannot be more than 32 square feet in size and must be removed no more than five days after the election.

As for being placed near the road, county officials say the signs can be put up near or in the county right-of-way, but cannot be placed at an intersection that could obstruct the view of oncoming traffic.

"My opinion is that they should have the rules to go by just like the business places do," said Harris.

County officials say if they receive any complaints about signs not following the regulations they will investigate it and confiscate any signs breaking the rules.

County officials say so far they have received only one complaint, which was about a sign on Lovell Road; the sign was removed.

They also say almost any signs placed in grassy medians are removed because they obstruct views too.

If your sign is removed because of a complaint, county officials say they hold on to them for a few days so you can pick it up.
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