It’s summertime and it’s not only the temperature that is heating up. Although the November election is months away, judging by the campaign signs blossoming on front yards throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, political campaigns are already in full swing. Given the number of signs already out there, your community association may justifiably be wondering if it has any control over campaign signs in the community. For those community associations with Declarations of Covenants containing restrictions regulating signs, the answer is likely yes.
It is a common misconception that the First Amendment right to free speech prevents a community association from prohibiting political signs within the community. In fact, Georgia courts, as well as other courts throughout the country, have consistently upheld a community association’s right to prohibit signs, including political signs.