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Settlement reached over town’s political sign restrictions

September 21, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it has reached a settlement with officials of a southern Delaware town in a lawsuit over its restrictions on political signs.

The ACLU sued the town of Milton in May on behalf of a retired schoolteacher who had posted four signs on her property after the November 2016 elections with messages including “Love Trumps Hate” and “Women’s Rights =Human Rights.”

Penny Nickerson was subsequently told that the signs violated the town code, which prohibited the display of political signs except for the months preceding an election and for two weeks afterward, while allowing other signs year-round.

The town council voted last week to amend its ordinance to eliminate the categories of signs.

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