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Follow rules on candidate signs

With the primary just four weeks away, candidate yard signs are multiplying around the area and ramping up interest. But is it too much to expect those who want to enact laws and make policy to follow local ordinances on sign placement? Surely not. The rules vary, but Wichita's ordinance offers a good guide: No signs allowed on public property or public right of way, which includes the area between a sidewalk and the street. No signs on private property without permission. Illegal sign placement makes the candidate look bad, as it wastes campaign cash and public dollars (the latter when city workers have to pull up the signs). And thanks to a 2008 state law, homeowners' associations can no longer prohibit yard signs on private lawns.