Candidates using campaign signs must conform to the following:
- Signs must be confined wholly to placement on private property with permission of the property owner. Such signs shall not be located on public property or in public street rights-of-way. A street right-of-way is generally the area between and including sidewalks, or between utility poles if sidewalks do not exist.
- Signs shall not be erected earlier than 60 days prior to the election or referendum to which they apply.
- Signs shall be removed within 5 days after the election or referendum to which they apply. Signs for candidates in a runoff election may be maintained until the final election to which the signs apply.
- Signs shall not exceed 6 square feet per sign face, and shall not exceed a height of 4 feet.
- The regulations of this subsection do not prohibit the use of billboards.
- Any sign painted onto or fastened to trees or utility poles located in a public right-of-way or other public property is prohibited (Section 19-6.6.3 and Section 19-6.6.2(k)).
Any sign not meeting these requirements will, without additional notice, be removed by the City of Greenville right-of-way crews and/or zoning officials. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Division at 864-467-4476.
South Carolina Code
Distribution and Displaying Campaign Literature at Polls
S.C. Code of Laws - Section 7-25-180. Unlawful distribution of campaign literature.
(A) It is unlawful for a person to distribute any type of campaign literature or place any political posters within five hundred feet of any entrance used by the voters to enter the polling place, during polling hours on an election day and during the early voting period. The poll manager shall use every reasonable means to keep the area within five hundred feet of any such entrance clear of political literature and displays, and the county and municipal law enforcement officers, upon request of a poll manager, shall remove or cause to be removed any material within five hundred feet of any such entrance distributed or displayed in violation of this section.
(B) A candidate may wear within five hundred feet of the polling place a label no larger than four and one-fourth inches by four and one-fourth inches that contains the candidate's name and the office he is seeking. If the candidate enters the polling place, he may not display any of this identification including, but not limited to, campaign stickers or buttons.
HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 23-658.2; 1968 (55) 2316; 1990 Act No. 393, Section 1, eff April 3, 1990; 1996 Act No. 466, Section 10, eff August 21, 1996; 2022 Act No. 150 (S.108), Section 39, eff May 13, 2022.