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Can I post signs and flags on power poles?

Ohio Edison (First Energy) Customer Guide 2019:
3.16 Attachments on Company-Owned Facilities
Under no conditions shall the customer’s facilities or other equipment such as signs, posters, banners, or notices be installed on the Company’s poles or other property unless special arrangements have been made with the Company. The requestors shall contact the Company for details. The Company does not permit painting of Company-owned equipment by the customer.

AEP Guide for Electric Service and Meter Installations, 2019:
4.08 ATTACHMENTS TO COMPANY-OWNED FACILITIES
Under no conditions will the Customer’s facilities be installed on the Company’s poles or other property unless special arrangements have been made with the Company.
Only County authorities are given permission according to AEP representative Chris Postle: cmpostle@aep.com_
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Yard sign in Genoa Township. Stolen twice, Char and Steve Anderson put barbed wire and camera on their third sign.

From the Dispatch Oct 3, 2020
Randy Ludlow with contribution from reporter Rick Rouan.

The simplest of expressions of political support — the venerable yard sign — dot the yards of Westerville, with stretches of no allegiance punctuated by pockets of signs featuring both the Trump blue and white and the Biden red and blue.
While certainly not a barometer of victory — more likely a measure of the passion of the homeowner — the Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden, is winning the yard sign ground game in one of the Ohio suburbs key to the outcome of the Nov. 3 election.
One month short of Election Day, with big-city cores solidly Democratic and GOP President Donald Trump ruling small towns and the countryside, the suburban vote is seen as a difference maker in the toss-up presidential contest in Ohio.
While Ohio’s status as a bellwether was questioned after Trump’s 8-point win over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, polls show Ohio returning to form as a competitive, must-win state for those who would occupy the Oval Office.
An hours-long tour of the neighborhoods of Westerville and adjacent Genoa Township provided the foundation for the 12th and final monthly story in The Dispatch’s year-long “Battle for the ‘Burbs” series shortly ahead of the start of early voting on Tuesday.
Westerville flipped from red to blue in 2016 as Clinton won nearly 50% of the vote to Trump’s 45% on the same turf won in 2012 by Republican Mitt Romney (53%) over Democratic incumbent Barack Obama (45%).
In 2012, Romney easily won Genoa Township in southern Delaware County with more than 64% of the vote compared to less than 35% for Obama. Trump maintained the GOP’s grip on the township but lost ground in 2016, receiving about 55% of the vote compared with more than 40% for Clinton. 
The trend toward Democrats continued two years ago with two area state House and Senate seats flipping to Mary Lightbody and Tina Maharath, respectively.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center on Politics, on Thursday moved his rating on Ohio from “leans Republican” to “toss-up,” writing that Biden has siphoned away some white Trump supporters. “Operatives on both sides in Ohio have found the president struggling mightily in key suburban areas.”
Democrats, who staged a presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville nearly a year ago, hope the party’s growing fortunes in suburbia can wrest the state away from Trump. No Republican ever has won the presidency without carrying Ohio.
Westerville’s and Genoa’s yard signs, big and small, lead to a sampling of those not shy about publicly proclaiming their presidential preference amid the chaotic 2020 election.
Damned if Char and Steve Anderson are going to tolerate the disappearance of another Biden sign from their yard along Sunbury Road in Genoa Township just north of Westerville
Now surrounded with barbed wire and surveilled with security cameras, the third sign seems a better bet to survive through the Nov. 3 election.
Calling herself a character voter, Mrs. Anderson, 67, hopes Trump does not win another term. She is not averse to voting for deserving Republicans. She could have voted, for example, for nearby Genoa Township resident John Kasich for president. But, Trump …
“It’s really shocking what has happened with our country and what he gets away with. It frightens me for my country,” said Mrs. Anderson, a retired IT specialist who worries about a list of issues led by climate change and Medicare and Social Security benefits.
She sees Biden as her hope for change and new leadership, volunteering for the first time to deliver campaign signs and work the phones in search of Biden voters.
As she pointed out her sign’s security features, a bicyclist heading north on Sunbury Road near Hoover Reservoir shouted to her: “Nice sign!”
Robert Monnig was a reliable Democratic activist for decades, stumping for Adlai Stevenson in 1954 and continuing through Hubert Humphrey in 1968. But, the Democrats lost him forever in 1972 when he felt George McGovern strayed too far left.
The retired 88-year-old sanitarian, a 1959 graduate of Ohio State University, now emphasizes he is a proud Republican, with no less than six Trump/Pence signs adorning his Westerville yard.
“Number one, he’s kept his promises. I like his outlook. I’m a constitutionalist,” Monnig said, a particular fan of Trump’s get-tough insistence on law and order and his China policies.
“Yeah, he’s got some bad personal habits, but, bottom line, he’s getting things done.”
Jean Champoux boasts one modest Biden/Harris sign in her yard, while her neighbor across the street literally flies the Trump banner beneath the red, white and blue on his flag pole.
Her black T-shirt reads: “Are we doing the right thing?”
“It’s no longer a matter of politics, it’s a matter of morality,” said the 85-year-old Champoux, who calls Trump “crude and rude.” She added that she would not want “that showman” as a Westerville neighbor — let alone as president.
Biden, she says, is 180 degrees opposite of Trump. She called the former vice president a “down-home guy who’s been around the barn. He’s a decent guy. It’s his decency that gets me.”
A Democrat since the 1970s when the Westerville teachers’ union went to bat for higher pay for her and other tutors, Champoux allowed as how her vote was sometimes offset by her husband, Dennis, a “closet Republican” who died Aug. 27.
Across the street, Roy Wagner, a self-described Tea Party Republican, flies a Trump 2020 flag beneath his American flag where a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag flutters in non-election seasons.
He praises Trump for his moves to reduce business and environmental regulations, replace the NAFTA trade agreement and cut taxes. Trump, he says, may be the best president ever.
Wagner, 73, who keeps a hand in working his family’s farm near Belpre on the Ohio River, discounts talk of Trump losing. “I don’t think he is in trouble at all. I have a difficult time believing anybody is going to vote for somebody with dementia,” he says of Biden.
While a Trump Republican, Wagner ticks off a list of other Republicans “who have been a disaster,” naming Mike DeWine, John Kasich, Mitt Romney and the late John McCain as a sampling.
Wagner believes the COVID-19 threat is overblown, except to the elderly, and opposes restrictions to help guard against its spread. He blames the pandemic for prompting the decision to close his small business, which sold grinding products.
Up the street, Brian and Cheryl Dalton are unabashed Democrats and Joe Biden supporters. But don’t label them as ardent fans of the party’s far-left progressive wing based on their signs of support, including Black Lives Matter and one proclaiming: “Hate has no home here.”
“We’re center left,” says Dalton, 45, a Westerville native and fifth-grade math and science teacher at Valley View Elementary in Columbus City Schools. Mrs. Dalton, 50, a psychiatric nurse at the state’s Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare hospital, agrees, saying she is “more middle of the road.”
While supportive of Biden, there’s a lot of distaste for the president fouling their thoughts after nearly four years of the “Trump cult.”
“I’m totally anti-Trump,” Mrs. Dalton said before learning of the president’s COVID-19 infection. “He has made this country so divisive. How he has handled the pandemic is a disgrace. I’ve never felt animosity toward a leader before.”
Her husband adds, “He’s the most divisive force in American history, causing cracks in the relationships of Americans … the lies to normalize lying — historically, that’s what fascists do.”
Biden, the Daltons say, has experience and empathy and “would know how to serve” as president.
The Westerville home of Tony and Sue Mastroianni is decorated with thin-blue-line and Trump 2020 flags, with a “Veterans for Trump” sign planted in the front yard.
Mrs. Mastroianni, 65, an office worker at OhioHealth’s Westerville campus for 39 years before retiring recently, concedes that Trump supporters are being outflanked. “You see more Biden signs. I think the Trump people are laying low.”
She and her husband are most decidedly not eager to talk about how Trump turned around the American economy and his support of law enforcement and the military while “socialism” creeps into the Democratic Party.
“I’m from the Bronx,” says Mastroianni, 74, a retired insurance agent who as an Air Force mechanic kept B-52s flying out of Guam to carpet-bomb North Vietnam during the war.
“I understand him. He’s a straight shooter. He doesn’t hem and haw like Biden. Trump cares about middle America. It may be rough around the edges, but you know what you’re getting,” he said.