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Why are people running for political office allowed to put signs up beside roads when any business doing so would have the sign removed?

Amanda Lisk
StarNews

Q. Why are people running for political office allowed to put signs up beside roads when any business doing so would have the sign removed? 

A. A new North Carolina Senate bill, NC Senate Bill 315, now allows campaign signs along highway right of ways with certain placement, size and time frame restrictions. For example, candidates have 30 days after election day to collect all political signs or they could face the possibility of a fine.

Signs cannot be placed within three feet of the edge of the road or be in the right of ways of fully controlled access highways, and cannot obscure visibility to drivers. No sign be can taller than 42 inches or larger than 864 square feet.

In addition, Land Development Code Article 12 outlines the type, placement and dimensions of signs allowed within the Wilmington city limits. Wilmington City Zoning staffers process permits for permanent and temporary signs in the city.

As always, says New Hanover County zoning official, Linda Painter, candidates can place political signs on private property with permission of the property owner.

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2 Responses to “ Why are people running for political office allowed to put signs up beside roads when any business doing so would have the sign removed?”

  1. On May 3, 2012 at 5:26 am Leo wrote:

    This didn’t answer the person’s question.

  2. On May 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm Red wrote:

    People running for political office, or re-election, are politicians. Politicians get to make the rules they have to follow, and therefore will make the rules easier on themselves than businesses. If businesses wants similar rules skewed in their favor, business owners either have to become a politician and change the rules, or donate sufficient funds so a politician, once elected, is beholden to them.

    Am I being cynical? Definitely.

    Is my opinion true in spite of its cynicism? Unfortunately, yes.



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