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Procedure 2-19-a: Procedures on Electioneering

1. Introduction

The Board of Trustees authorizes the Chancellor to develop and implement electioneering procedures in accordance with the College’s policies and standards.

2.  Procedure

Regulations for Campaign Signage and Electioneering on College Property:

  • Each candidate should be reasonable in the number of camping signs and promotional materials placed on College property. The intent is that multiple candidates will be utilizing the same space. Campaign signs and promotional materials shall have back-to-back (two-sided) copy only (no three-dimensional, multiple-faced signs), shall not exceed four-square feet in size, with no dimensions greater than two feet, and shall not be displayed at a height greater than three feet above ground level measured from the top of the sign to the ground.
  • Campaign signs and promotional materials may be displayed only by attachment to the ground; no signs may be attached to light poles, telephone poles, fences, pylons, fire hydrants, trees, other signs, or any other fixture or structure.
  • Campaign signs and promotional materials must be placed in a manner that does not impair or impede in any way the use of parking lots, streets, roadways, driveways, sidewalks, walking paths, fire hydrants, or other similar conveyances or structures by the motoring public, pedestrians, or College students or employees.  Signs must not be placed in any part of any driveway or parking space at a polling location.
  • Campaign signs and promotional materials may not be placed closer to a polling location than the electioneering marker.
  • Vehicles bearing campaign signs and promotional materials larger than a bumper sticker are prohibited from parking in the College parking lots serving polling location unless campaign supplies are in the process of being loaded or unloaded.  Parking is scarce at polling locations so occupation of parking spaces by vehicles for the purpose of advertising, political or otherwise, will not be tolerated; such vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Canopies and oversized umbrellas (such as beach and patio umbrellas) are not allowed, except in a College approved designated location.
  • Tables, chairs, and other such items and equipment must not impair or impede in any way the use of parking lots, streets, roadways, driveways, sidewalks, walking paths, fire hydrants, or other similar conveyances or structures by the motoring public, pedestrians, or College students and employees.
  • Campaign signs and promotional materials may not be placed adjacent to early voting locations prior to the beginning of early voting for elections and runoff elections.
  • Campaign signs and promotional materials must be removed by 6:00 a.m. the day following the last day of early voting.
  • Campaign signs and promotional materials that are deemed to be a hazardous obstruction to traffic as determined by the Harris County Election Judge or San Jacinto College will be removed immediately.
  • Campaign signs and promotional materials should be secured to prevent becoming flying objects in heavy winds/breeze.  Loose items will be removed.
  • Candidates or representatives must remain in the designated area only when engaged in campaigning activities.
  • Candidates or representatives must not impair or impede in any way the use of parking lots, streets, roadways, driveways, sidewalks, or walking paths.
  • Each candidate or candidate’s representative will be allowed one warning in regard to the above listed procedures.  Upon a second offense, the candidate or candidate’s representative will be asked to vacate the premises along with all campaign signs and promotional materials.

Procedure #:

2-19-a

Procedure Name:

Procedures on Electioneering

Pages:

2

Adopted Date:

October 10, 2016

Revision/Reviewed Date:

September 13, 2016

Effective Date:

October 11, 2016

Associated Policy:

Policy 2-19