The General Assembly of North Carolina passed Senate Bill 315 in August of 2011 that permits campaign signs in the right-of-way. Signs are permitted during the period beginning on the 30th day before the beginning date of "one-stop" early voting and ending the 10th day after the primary or election day.
NCGS § 136-32 Regulation of Signs
Electioneering and Political Sign Information
Note: A city ordinance may prohibit or regulate placement of political signs on streets within the corporate limits.
Signs must be placed in accordance with the following -- per NCGS §136-32(d)
- No sign shall be permitted in the right-of-way of a fully controlled access highway.
- No sign shall be closer than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road
- No sign shall obscure motorist visibility at an intersection.
- No sign shall be higher than 42 inches above the edge of the pavement of the road.
- No sign shall be larger than 864 square inches.
- No sign shall obscure or replace another sign.
The NC Dept. of Transportation has the authority to remove any signs that violate these rules. If anyone else removes or vandalizes a sign, they could be subject to a Class 3 misdemeanor citation from law enforcement.
NC DOT Contact Information or local number is 704-380-6040.
Signs are not allowed in the Right-of-Way until 30 days before One Stop begins.