Political yard sign fight erupts in Fluvanna County

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FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local House of Delegates race is heating up way before the actual campaign season starts.

Yard signs for Dr. Elizabeth Alcorn are not allowed in Fluvanna County until 60 days before the upcoming November election.

She is a Democrat running in the 58th district, which includes Fluvanna County, against long-time incumbent Republican Rob Bell.

Alcorn says the county's time limits on political yard signs is preventing her from getting her name out early.

She's enlisted the help of the civil liberties group The Rutherford Institute, claiming she needs the signs now.

"Large swaths of my district have no Internet service and we also don't have cell phone so it's not like I can get out there and do digital advertising to reach my voters," the former dentist said.

The Rutherford Institute's founder John Whitehead supports her fight.

"There are two key Supreme Court decisions that say by labeling a certain sign in the yards as something that you can't have in your yard is content-based discrimination that violates the First Amendment," he said.

Whitehead says he has sent a letter to the county demanding the change.

Alcorn says Fluvanna County makes up more than 20 percent of her potential voters, and she would like the county to suspend the ordinance limiting political signs for this upcoming election.

She also says no other county in the 58th restricts political yard signs.



 
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