WILMINGTON, MA — The town’s bylaws prohibit political lawn signs be displayed more than 45 days prior to an election.
Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town Inhabitant Bylaws reads:
Temporary political signs may be placed on private property, the size and location of which shall not serve to obstruct the sight of motorists and pedestrians using or occupying the public ways and/or the right of access thereto. Temporary signs may be mounted only upon properly registered and insured motor vehicles. Signs may NOT be exhibited more than 45 days prior to election and MUST be removed within 3 days after the election.
Town Manager Jeff Hull issued a statement earlier today, explaining why the town is not removing political lawn signs that have been placed well before the 45 days. It reads:
It has been brought to the Town’s attention that election signs for the September state primary have been placed on private property throughout Town. That practice conflicts with Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town of Wilmington Inhabitant By-Laws which addresses the timing for display of political signs. However, Town Counsel has advised that based upon a recent Supreme Court decision, the Town’s by-law related to political signs is most likely unenforceable. As a consequence, the Town will not be taking any action at this time to enforce that by-law as it relates to the display of election signs.
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