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ACLU of Indiana sues county over ‘not my mayor’ sign

March 7, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against Randolph County after a Winchester resident was ordered to remove a sign from her yard expressing opposition of an elected official in her city.

The Palladium-Item of Richmond reported that Betty Ashley of Winchester has had a four-by-four-foot sign in her front yard for the past several months that reads, “Shon Byrum is not my mayor.”

The lawsuit alleges Randolph County’s Area Planning Commission ordered Ashley to remove the sign after receiving a complaint from an unidentified neighbor. The commission gave Ashley 14 days to remove the sign, after which she could face enforcement action and fines for violating the county’s Unified Zoning Ordinance.

ACLU Indiana’s senior staff attorney, Gavin Rose, says the organization views the ordinance as a violation of Ashley’s First Amendment rights.

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