WITH ALL THE ISSUES to talk about in the civic election — parking, businesses taxes, dirty needles, the performing arts centre, housing and so on and so on — we seem to be worrying a lot about election signs.
Should they be banned? Should they be restricted to certain areas? Are some of them actually illegal?
It matters not to the rest of us but Elections BC takes these things quite seriously. Somewhere on the sign, there must be a line that says it is “authorized by” with the name of the financial agent (very often, this is the candidate) and a phone number, mailing address or email address.
For candidates who neglected this very important detail, it’s very easy to fix by printing off a bunch of small labels and sticking them on the signs. It’s advisable to do so, since penalties for breaking civic election rules include hefty fines and, theoretically, jail.
Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on ArmchairMayor.ca and CFJC Today. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.