Candidates need to brush up on political sign rules

As campaigning for the Aug. 7 primary picks up, violations of local political sign ordinances are multiplying. It’s especially painful when candidates for judge, district attorney or sheriff and their volunteers fail to obey the rules. In Wichita, signs cannot be on public property, which includes the right of way between the sidewalk and the street. Nor can they be on private property without the permission of the owner or tenant, or be larger than 6 square feet. To the credit of Wichita’s Office of Central Inspection, most of the lawbreaking signs are quickly removed and impounded – but that also comes at a cost to taxpayers.