Campaign Sign Season Comes Early After State Law Overhaul | Local News


Political campaign signs appear earlier this year than in previous Lake Havasu City election years.

In the 2020 election, the City of Lake Havasu ordinance and Arizona law allowed campaign signs to be posted on public rights of way only within 60 days of an election. But in 2021, that status was extended to give candidates more time to post their signs.

“State law changed a while ago and (the Lake Havasu City Code) was updated a few months ago,” said Luke Morris, director of the planning division of the city of Lake Havasu. “Now the code allows flagging within 71 days of the election.”

Candidates in the August 2 primary elections were allowed to erect their signage on May 23. Under city code, these signs must be removed within 15 days of the election.

According to Lake Havasu City Code, candidates or political parties are required to pay a signing fee to the city. Signs may not be erected on public property, utility poles or similar devices, or in any location that may be hazardous to public safety. Signage regulations also state that political campaign signs cannot obstruct clear vision in an area or interfere with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Signs may be placed in residential areas, but must be less than 16 square feet. And no sign may be placed in a public right-of-way.

Political campaign signs are also prohibited in designated tourist hotel and commercial areas in the City of Lake Havasu, which include The Island, The English Village, State Route 95 between South Kiowa Boulevard and Mulberry Avenue; and the areas of Mequite Avenue, Swanson Avenue, and McCulloch Boulevard near downtown Havasu.

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