Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation

The race for the White House (and other offices, too) is in the final days. As the election draws near, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding that placing political campaign signs along state highway rights of way is prohibited.

Minnesota statue 160.2715 says it is against the law to paint, print, place, or affix any object within the limits of any state highway. That includes driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections. Improperly placed signs will be removed.

The state law applies to all state, county, city and township roads and highways.

State transportation employees are responsible for administering these laws on state highways and must remove signs that violate the laws, MnDOT says.

If you are thinking of slapping a sign or poster on a telephone pole, don't. The Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act prohibits advertising devices on utility poles, on trees or shrubs and on private land without the consent of the owner or occupant.

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