Chapter 7 - Sign Regulations, Section 7-190 (H) Political Signs of the Land Development Code:
H. Political Signs – A political sign shall be allowed in any zoning district. No political sign shall be attached to any utility, light, or traffic signal pole. A political sign shall not be illuminated. Political signs shall be subject to the following additional regulations.
1. Political Signs on Publicly Owned Property – A political sign shall not be placed upon any publicly owned property including but not limited to City parks, City facilities, school district property, or state or federally owned property, except for the following:
a. Said political sign(s) shall be placed in the perimeter landscaped area on the subject property being used as a polling location in accordance with Texas Election Code Section 61.003 or 85.036;
b. Said political sign(s) shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area;
c. Said political(s) shall be attached to a metal stake, not to exceed a 9 gauge diameter, driven into the ground;
d. Said political sign(s) shall not encroach upon any tree roots, irrigation lines, and any other underground vegetation, or structure;
e. Said political sign(s) shall not extend over any sidewalk, street, or driveway;
f. Said political sign(s) shall not be placed within 30 feet of an identical sign(s);
g. Said political sign(s) may be placed beginning 48 hours prior to the first day of the early voting period, and must be removed within three (3) days after early voting of said election, unless the polling location for Election Day is held in the same location at early voting, then the signs shall be removed by 10:00 a.m. on the day following the election;
h. For a location used for Election Day only, said political sign(s) shall be placed beginning at 6:00 p.m. the day before Election Day, and shall be removed by 10:00 a.m. on the day following the election.
2. Political Signs on Private Property – A political sign situated on private property shall not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet, nor exceed eight (8) feet in height.
3. Political Signs within a public right-of-way – A political sign may be placed within the public right-of-way, provided no portion of the sign shall be closer than three (3) feet from the edge of the street pavement and further provided no part of the sign extends over any sidewalk. A political sign situated within a public right-of-way shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in area nor exceed six (6) feet in height.
a. A political sign shall not be erected within a public right-of-way more than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the official election and shall be removed within seven (7) days after said election.
b. A political sign shall not be placed on any private property, or within public right-of-way adjacent to private property without the private property owner approval.
c. A political sign shall not be placed within a roadway median or block vehicular visibility.
4. No permit or fee shall be required for a political sign.
Required Identification for Voting in Person
In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. While pending review within the judicial system, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation. As a result, effective immediately, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections.
Following is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:
The identification provided for voting must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. Some types of acceptable identification have no expiration date.
More information about the new requirement is available on the Tarrant County Elections Administration website.
Procedures for Voting
When a voter arrives at the polling place, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID (see list above). If the voter presents an acceptable form of identification, the election worker will compare it to list of registered voters. If the name on the ID matches the name on the list of registered voters or is “substantially similar”, and the voter is otherwise qualified to vote, the voter will be provided a regular ballot.
If a voter does not have proper identification, the voter will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place. The voter will then have six (6) days following Election Day to present proper identification in-person at the Elections Department, or the voter’s ballot will be rejected.
Permanent Exemption for voters with a disability: Voters with a disability may apply with the Elections Department for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she has been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid form of photo identification. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption. Please contact the Elections Department at 817-831-8683 for more details.
Form for Requesting Disability Exemption
Temporary Exception for Religious Objection or Natural Disaster: Voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any valid form of photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may cast a provisional ballot at the polling place, and then appear at the Elections Department within six (6) calendar days after election day, and sign an affidavit swearing to the religious objection or natural disaster, in order for the provisional ballot to be counted. These exceptions are temporary and good for one election only. Please contact the Elections Department at 817-831-8683 for more details.
Voter Registration Information
In order to ensure that the election process is transparent, fair and open to all, there are several websites and government agencies, listed below, that can answer questions or address concerns. For more information, please contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 800.252.VOTE(8683).
● Tarrant County Elections Administration is responsible for voter registration and conducting all federal, state, and county elections and certain elections for municipalities, independent school districts and other political subdivisions that contract with Tarrant County for elections services. Additional information may be obtained at 817.831.VOTE (8683) or http://www.tarrantcounty.com/evote/site/default.asp.
● Secretary of State serves as the Chief Election Officer for the state of Texas, assisting county election officials and ensuring the uniform application and interpretation of election laws through the state. This office may be contacted at 800.252.VOTE (8683) or 512.463.5650 or via www.sos.state.tx.us. The Texas Secretary of State created http://www.votexas.org/ to provide election information such as where to vote, what to bring, what the process is like, and much more, in a user friendly format.
● Texas Ethics Commission provides guidance to candidates and political parties to maintain equality for all involved in the election process. The Commission may be contacted at 512.463.5800 or http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/
Texas Department of Transportation provides infomation relative to campaign signs.