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Political Yard Sign Placement Regulations in Georgia

November 23, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 120

For safety's sake, there are laws about where political yard signs can be placed. The one place that they should never be set up is on the "right of way" of any street, road, or highway in Georgia. It is, in fact, a misdemeanor to place yard signs of any kind (political, real estate, yard sale, or otherwise) on the actual right of way - especially on state routes and interstates.

The right of way is defined by the State of Georgia as, "the strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built and maintained." When GDOT employees remove the signs they are destroyed. If you don't want to lose your signs, then don't place them on the right of way.

So what is the best place to put a yard sign? Their name is the best clue: place them at the edge of the yard of a business or home. It may only be five feet from the road but as long as they are on private property and not on the right of way they will not be removed by GDOT. Be smart and courteous with your signs. Don't block a driver's view and create irritation. You want recognition, not annoyance. After you place your sign, get in your car and drive by to see what the effect is, then make changes if you need to.

Mel Kahn, a political scientist, says that cheap lawn signs actually assist a political candidate to build name recognition. He says that each sign that is placed represents from six to 10 votes for the candidate. An article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that lawn signs can be viewed by as many as 25,000 drivers per day, depending upon the road traffic. They are a very low cost form of effective advertising.

Even roads that are less traveled will expose your name, product, or function to hundreds of drivers every day. Drivers will actually look at your sign every time they pass it and it is that repetition that makes an unconscious impression on people. Just like TV commercials that run repeatedly throughout a program, your lawn sign will be viewed by the same drivers multiple times, until they begin to recognize and remember you. A professional looking sign garners much more credibility and respect than a hand written sign and it goes without saying that they are easier to read.

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In addition to your low-cost yard signs you will need to purchase metal "step stakes" to set them up. These, too, are very inexpensive and the more you buy the cheaper they get. A step stake looks like a small ladder and the uprights simply slide up between the fluted corrugations of the sign to hold it steady, upright, and straight. You don't need nails, screws, or even tape to attach the sign to the stake. The cross bar, or "step," keeps your sign from slipping to the ground.

Corrugated plastic yard signs are simple to put up, easy to take down, and can be stored in a small space. The twin walled surface can be cleaned with mild detergent and warm water, and can also withstand oils and solvents. With those little yard signs, you are making yourself familiar to a lot of people without much effort or expense. For more information or to place an order for coroplast yard signs, magnetic car signs, or vinyl banners, visit

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