Political signs during election season

2020 is an election year and that means political signs will be located throughout the community. There are policies and guidelines in place for displaying political signs within Anthem. 

If a sign is placed on Maricopa County property, it is permitted in compliance with their guidelines, per A.R.S. 16-1019. Political signs may be placed in the public right-of-way, as long as they are not hazardous to public safety. Signs may be placed 45 days before a primary election and ending seven days after the general election, except that for a sign for a candidate in a primary election who does not advance to the general election, the period ends seven days after the primary election.

The Anthem Community Council (ACC) will remove signs placed on ACC property. In most cases, however, political signs in Anthem are legally placed in the public right-of-way or on private property. Council has the right to remove political signs on its own property, but may not remove signs on any other property (e.g. the county's).

In the event of a complaint when a sign is on business/commercial property, the ACC will contact the business owner. In the event that the sign was not approved by the property owner, the property owner may remove the sign. Except in unique situations, the ACC will not remove the sign. Commercial properties may have political signs within 45 days of an election or seven days after an election (unless the signs violate city or county ordinance). All other signage must comply with the ACC’s Non-Residential Design Guidelines policy; in most cases, signage other than political signage requires ACC approval. 

The homeowners’ associations are governed by A.R.S. 33-1808, which provides that the associations must allow political signs on a member’s property, but no earlier than 71 days before the day of the election and signs must be removed within three days after an election.

Per ARS 16-1019, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly remove, alter, deface or cover any political sign of any candidate for public office or knowingly remove, alter or deface any political mailers, handouts, flyers or other printed materials of a candidate that are delivered by hand to a residence for the period commencing 45 days before a primary election and ending seven days after the general election.