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REGULATIONS FOR POSTING OF POLITICAL SIGNS

The placement of signs indicates that the candidate may be making expenditures. A candidate must file their political committee within 10 days of making expenditures or receiving contributions. So the local elections office could explore the need with a candidate for a committee to be organized if they are making expenditures.

There is no state or federal law that places a time limit of the placement of political signs prior to an election. This is a form of political speech enjoying First Amendment protection. Just like one can campaign for an office prior to filing, the right to political speech using signs does not depend on a filing date.

Some municipalities and counties have ordinances that deal with the location, dates when one may start to place signs, and when signs must be removed. However, these ordinances could face a First Amendment challenge by the candidate wishing to contest the requirements.

Also signs cannot be placed in DOT right of ways and on other certain property. Complaints as to signs in these locations should be directed to the District DOT Office or the utility company owning the poles. The local elections office has no responsibility in removing unlawfully placed signs.

If you have any questions regarding this matter you may contact Amy Strange, Campaign Finance Compliance Specialist with the NC State Board of Elections at 919-733-7173 or PO Box 27255 Raleigh, NC 27611-7255, or the Swain County Board of Elections at 828-488-6177.

Swain County Board of Elections

Contact

Board of Elections
email
John Herrin
Chairman
Bill Dills
Secretary

Board of Elections Office
1422 US Hwy 19 South
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
PO Box 133
Bryson City, NC 28713

Contact:
Joan Weeks
Director
Judy Allman
Deputy Director
Phone 828-488-6177
Fax 828-488-6463
swain.boe@gmail.com

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday