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Campaigning rules explained as general election nears

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Augusta, GA (WFXG) - You see them on sidewalks along busy roads and on your neighbor's lawns. Campaign signs are popping up as the November election nears. But one woman, who wished not to be identified, was surprised at where she found a campaign flyer.

"Right away I thought that was kind of unusual for something to be taped to my mailbox," the woman said.

Throughout an Augusta neighborhood, you may see campaign flyers taped to mailboxes. Which is not necessarily against rules for candidates when it comes to campaigning.

"As for election law goes, the primary rule actually pertains to the proximity to a polling place," said Lynn Bailey, executive director of the Board of Elections office.

The Board of Elections Office says the only rule is that candidates cannot campaign within 150 feet of the voting precinct, which is about right here. But just because it's not against the rules to put flyers on mailboxes, that doesn't mean that it's not against the law.

"I called my local branch of the post office and they told me in fact that it was illegal," the woman said.

It's illegal with a fine of up to $250,000 and or three years in prison. The U.S. Postal Service says the pole holding the mailbox is not government property, but it is against the law to tape items on or put inside the actual mail box. Flyers are also not to be placed on power polls, public property and buildings as well as traffic signs.

When asked about the flyers, District 9 candidate Marion Williams says he is aware of his flyers being taped to mail boxes. He said some of his younger campaign members did not know about the law, but have been informed to stop putting flyers on mailboxes.

"It's not necessarily that I'm either for or against this particular candidate, but I just think it's wrong for politicians in general to campaign in this manner," the woman said.

Instead, this woman prefers a manner in which she can carefully consider the candidates, as they ask for her vote.

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