Township ends campaign sign rule after ACLU letter

October 27, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A suburban Pittsburgh municipality won’t enforce an ordinance regulating campaign signs after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue it for allegedly singling out Republican campaign signs.

Robinson Township Manager Jeffrey Silka said it’ll suspend enforcement of the ordinance until at least after the Nov. 5 election.

He says town officials consulted with its lawyer and decided to suspend the ordinance and review it at upcoming meetings.

The ACLU wrote to township officials earlier in the week to take up claims that signs for Republican township commissioner candidates seem to have been removed to the exclusion of other signs.

The ACLU said, “Such uneven enforcement represents viewpoint censorship, making the law presumptively unconstitutional.”



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