With elections for City offices coming up Aug. 29, the City reminds residents that it’s a violation of state law to remove or tamper with political signs.
According to Arizona Revised Statutes, section 16-1019, “It is a class 2 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly remove, alter, deface or cover any political sign of any candidate for public office or knowingly remove, alter or deface any political mailers, handouts, flyers or other printed materials of a candidate that are delivered by hand to a residence for the period commencing forty-five days before a primary election and ending seven days after the general election.”
Additionally, the City often fields calls complaining about the location and placement of campaign signs, especially those in City rights of way. Again, this section of A.R.S. regulates what cities can do concerning signs.
Unless the sign in question is “placed in a location that is hazardous to public safety, obstructs clear vision in the area or interferes with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the City will not remove the sign.
Any resident noticing a sign obstructing his or her view of traffic should note the exact location and direction of the sign and (when it is safe to do so) call the City to report that sign and location, as this could constitute a public safety hazard. Call the Yuma Police Department non-emergency number, 783-4421, or, during business hours, the City Hall main switchboard at 373-5021.
The City also encourages residents to register to vote in the Aug. 29 election, or check their registration status with the Yuma County Recorder. Voters will choose the offices of Mayor, three members of the Yuma City Council, and Presiding Municipal Judge.