What are the City's policies related to political signs?

There are specific guidelines and prohibitions related to political signs on public property, streets, and rights-of-way listed in the City Code. The City may remove political signs from City-owned property other than where allowed by election law. If you see a political sign located on a City-owned property that your dept. occupies, please feel free to remove the sign provided that it is not protected by Election Law and N.C.G.S. 136-32

Linked here are some documents that you should have also received when you filed as a candidate with the Board of Elections:

  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina Code of Ordinances Sec. 70-17 - Posting signs or advertisements on polices, fences, or other objects or within street rights-of-way.
  • Winston-Salem Code of Ordinances Sec. 38-25 - Removing or defacing political signs or posters; removal by candidate after election.
  • A memo from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Inspections Division regarding political signs.
  • North Carolina General Statute 136-32. 

The Forsyth County Board of Elections also has information available on the placement and removal of political signs; linked here and more information below.

  • For early voting sites, signs may be placed 30 days before one-stop early voting starts. Signs must be removed within 10 days after one-stop early voting ends. Any person may remove and dispose signs without penalty 30 days after the election (N.C.G.S. 136-32).
  • For election day voting sites, signs may be placed 36 hours before the polls open on election day, and must be removed within 36 hours after the polls close on election day. Any political advertising placed outside the time specified in this subsection may be removed by the property owner (N.C.G.S. 163-129(d)). 


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