SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - The grass in front of Simply Delicious Deli is filled with signs advertising candidates for the upcoming May primaries.
Owner Larry Slipek says his front lawn has always been a popular spot before elections. "I've been here 22 years, and my policy is anyone can put up a sign," he said.
But Slipek says every candidate asks for permission. We're told that's not always the case throughout the county. Some Sullivan County residents are calling to complain about election signs on private property. "That's the source of our number one complaint, voters call, citizens call our office [saying] a candidate has placed a sign on their property without their permission," says Jason Booher, Sullivan County Administrator of Elections.
Booher tells us if a sign is posted on private property without permission, the land owner can take the sign.
If the sign is blocking the view of drivers at an intersection, drivers are urged to call the local election office. "Cities have ordinances that pertain to placement of signs or anything in the city right of way and they will remove those signs," adds Booher.
The cities and counties are responsible for local roads and the state is over state routes.
The election office in Sullivan County is asking candidates to pay attention to public safety when putting out election signs. All signs must be down ten days after the election.
Deadline to register to vote in Tennessee is April 7. Early voting starts April 17.
Election Day in Tennessee is Tuesday, May 6.