The Election Sign By-law May Be Changing
The City of London’s Strategic Plan contains an area of focus called "Leading in Public Service" (open, accountable, and responsive government), which requests Civic Administration “explore opportunities for electoral reform” by reviewing Election Signage.
The provisions set out in the new by-law are based on feedback from candidates, as well as the complaints received by both the Election Office and the Public Service call centre. The most common complaints relate to the length of time election signs are posted, proximity to intersections, and sight line concerns.
Here's a snapshot of the proposed changes to the by-law:
- Clearly defining election sign restrictions on all properties.
- Restricting the placement of election signs to no earlier than Nomination Day in the year of a regular election, excluding campaign office signs.
- Clarifying the Sight Triangle definition and election sign placement at intersections.
- Reducing restrictions from 9 metres to 7 metres in the definition of Sight Triangle.
- Requiring election signs of the same candidate to be at least 10 metres apart.
- Restricting election signs from being placed outside the ward (s) where a candidate is running for office, excepting election signs placed within 50 meters of an adjacent ward.
- Campaign office signs will be permitted to be placed after a candidate has filed their nomination paper with the City Clerk.
- Election signs are to be removed no later than seventy-two (72) hours following the day of the election.
- Election signs are prohibited from using the City’s logo or the City’s municipal election logo.
- Enforcement of the Election Sign By-law will be assigned to the City Clerk, City Clerk designate, and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers.
A staff report will be presented to Corporate Services Committee on October 24, 2017 in Council Chambers. The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m.