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Michigan township repeals political sign rule

Michigan township officials repeal political sign timeline rule that ACLU opposed
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 15, 2014 at 7:06 a.m.

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area township has repealed a rule barring residents from having political signs on their property for too long before or after an election.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1kGp1O0 ) Macomb Township is researching alternatives to the ordinance that keep up aesthetics without opening up the township to lawsuits. The town in February had banned political signs from property more than 30 days before an election and seven days after one.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan praised the decision. It sent a letter to the township supervisor in June saying the ordinance wasn’t constitutional.

Township officials say they opted to avoid litigation on an issue they expect the U.S. Supreme Court to decide on in a different case within the next year.

Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com


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