SOUTH BEND — While local mayors are not up for re-election this year, there are several county offices and congressional seats up for grabs. That means you will start to see plenty of political signs. In some cities, you may see them earlier than others. Dan from South Bend has a Good Question: “How far in advance can candidates running for the November elections post their support signs?” Political signs are a local issue. Indiana’s Secretary of State oversees elections across the state and a spokesperson says local governments decide those rules. So what the rules are depends on where you live. This good question is from South Bend, and in South Bend there is a law on the books that limits signs for special events up to thirty days before the event. However, when it comes to political signs, the city is actually not enforcing the law. City attorney Chuck Leone is taking the position that the first amendment does not allow a time limit on signs for or against a candidate leading up to an election. Leone sent this letter out to the heads of the Republican and Democratic parties in St. Joseph County. South Bend will enforce the law after the election. Political signs must be taken down within 15 days after the vote.