The Town of Florence would like to remind the public that anyone who knowingly removes, alters, or defaces a campaign sign is guilty of a crime. Depending on the nature of the activity, charges can include vandalism, theft, trespassing and even burglary if the crime occurs within specified fenced lands and certain defined structures. Many of the signs posted throughout Town are, in fact, on private property and placed with the respective landowner’s permission.
The Arizona Revised Statutes also prohibit the removal or defacement of political signs from 45 days prior to a primary election until seven days after the general election. The primary election this year was held March 13, 2012 and the General Election is scheduled for May 15, 2012. This statute makes it a class 2 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly remove, alter, deface or cover any political sign for the specified time period. Violation of this law is punishable by up to 4 months in jail and a $750.00 fine. (ARS 16-1019).
Those running for various elected offices deserve the opportunity to display campaign signs in a legal manner without fear of damage or theft. Anyone who sees someone tampering with political signs, or has information regarding individuals who have stolen or defaced campaign signs, should contact Lisa Garcia, Florence Town Clerk, at 520-868-7552.