The Division of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, Inspections and Compliance is responsible for regulating commercial signage advertising a company, product, or service in Howard County. The Board of Elections is tasked with ensuring that federal, state and local elections are conducted in a timely, responsible manner and with the highest level of professional electoral standards, responsibility, security, and integrity. The HCCA expects a high level of civility from all parties involved in the electoral process. When it comes to political advertising, Howard County has specific rules that must be followed.
Political signs advertising candidates for public political office and other pertinent information must adhere to certain size requirements. In residential districts, the total area of the sign must not exceed nine square feet per venue. In commercial or industrial districts, the total area must not exceed 32 square feet. It is important to note that these regulations are in place to ensure that political campaigns are conducted in a fair and equitable manner. This helps to ensure that all candidates have an equal opportunity to get their message out to the public.
Additionally, these regulations help to ensure that political campaigns are conducted in a manner that is respectful of the community. In addition to size requirements, there are also restrictions on where political signs can be placed. Signs cannot be placed on public property or within 100 feet of a polling place. Additionally, signs cannot be placed on private property without the permission of the property owner. We hope that this bill will serve as a catalyst for a pending public debate and for the adoption of substantive measures in Congress and the Federal Election Commission to create a joint platform for the dissemination of political advertisements in television, radio, print and Internet companies.