In the months before an election, political signs often fill the roadsides. In Cleburne County, those signs are illegal if they are in the right-of-way of a county or state road. It also is a violation to attach political advertising to any state or county sign or marker, utility pole or tree in the rights-of-way.
A person who is convicted of violating the law can be fined between $50 and $250 and be sentenced to five days of community service.
Section 45-15-180 states:
Signs, markers and advertising, pertaining to political campaigns, on the rights-of-way of state and county controlled highways are prohibited in Cleburne County except those official signs or markers placed thereon by the State Department of Transportation or by Cleburne County or under the authority of either governmental entity. No sign, marker, or political poster may be attached to any official sign or marker placed by the State Department of Transportation or by the county or on any utility pole or tree on the rights-of-way of a state or county highway.
Any person violating this section shall upon conviction be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and shall be subject, at the discretion of the judge, to a fine in an amount of, not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and/or up to five days of community service. Any fines collected under this section shall be deposited into the county general fund.