Know the law before you take a sign to your polling location.

During the election season, lots of voters like to show support for their candidates at their polling places. It is very common to see people sitting or standing outside with signs for their favorite candidates, hoping to encourage other voters to sway to their side in the final moments of the political battle. Posting these signs too close to the polling station, however, can break the law.

Local Laws

Each state has its own laws regulating how close a political sign can be to a polling place. In the state of Iowa, campaign signs must be at least 300 feet away from the location. In Massachusetts, the law states that there must be at least 150 feet between the location and any political signs. To find out the specific laws for any state, phone the local town administration office.