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Manlius town board votes to repeal political lawn sign ordinance

— Marcia Novak spoke out against the fact that before the law was repealed, residents had to obtain a permit from the town to put a sign on their lawns.

“I think you should trust us that if we put a sign on our front yards, it shouldn’t have to be documented that ‘Marcia supports this party,’” said Novak. “Both political parties could FOIL the town clerk’s form and see who’s supporting who.”

Rubin also attended the hearing, and brought up the fact that the board should remember that not all political signs directly relate to an election.

“You’ve been talking about this within the context of elections, but there are many political lawn signs that have nothing to do with an election; for example, ‘No fracking,’” he said. “So whatever you come up with needs to consider all political signage.”

As of now, the law states that signs may not be erected prior to 30 days before the election and must be taken down within seven days after and that a sign may not be erected without a permit.

Town of Manlius attorney Don Martin says the repeal will not affect the lawsuit against the town.

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