The Delaware Department of Transportation is advising candidates and supporters of rules related to placing campaign signs on public right-of-way.
Signs are allowed 30 days before and 30 days after any election recognized by the Delaware Department of Elections. With the primary election taking place on Tuesday, September 13, the placement of signs gets underway on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Any signage must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from the edge of the roadway, and signs may not be placed in medians, islands, gore areas, or attached to any infrastructure such as road signage, bridges, poles or trees.
Sign owners are subject to fines of $25 per sign for violation of sign placement and a recovery fee of $15 per sign. Confiscated signs will be disposed of after 30 days.
“DelDOT right-of-way agents will be enforcing the sign laws throughout the election season,” said state Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski. “These rules aren’t just for the safety of the motorists, but also for anyone out placing signs along busy roads.”
Delaware has seen problems over the years with election signs nailed to trees and even driven into expansion joints in islands.
More information can be found on the DelDOT website.