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 and billboards.
- 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.
The City Clerk will have a written policy indicating the process for prescribing regulations related to the Election Sign By-law, including: the consultation process for developing regulations; circulation of the draft for review and comment, posting of regulations prescribed, and a process for reviewing regulations on a regular basis.
- The proposed by-law changes are currently under review by the Elections Office, By-Law Enforcement and Roadway Lighting & Design.
- A staff report will be prepared and presented to Corporate Services Committee at a future date, to be heard before September, 2017.