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Political signs are protected

While I have yet to decide on how I feel about Natural Heritage 2020, recent comments about signs are off the mark.



The state and federal courts have held that political signs are a pure form of speech and, as such, are protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and further, there can be no time limit placed on this freedom. I understand the county code has such a restriction (60 days prior to an election), but it is on the books only because no one has challenged it.




Political opinions may be expressed at any time, using signs on one’s property, regardless of whether the issue is tied to an election or not.

Political signs are a privilege of our democracy and have historical precedent dating to the time of the American Revolution and are appropriate year-round.

Fred Hummel

Nevada City


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