AN ACT TO ALLOW ANY CITIZEN TO REMOVE A POLITICAL SIGN THAT REMAINS IN A PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE TIME WITHIN WHICH POLITICAL SIGNS ARE TO BE REMOVED, TO PROVIDE A WINDOW OF TIME BEFORE THE OPENING AND AFTER THE CLOSE OF POLLS FOR POLITICAL ADVERTISING TO BE PLACED AND COLLECTED AT THE VOTING PLACE, AND TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO MODIFY THE REQUIRED CERTIFICATION DATES FOR THE 2019 ELECTION CYCLE IF NEEDED.
Amends GS 136-32 to allow a citizen to remove a political sign that remains in a public right-of-way after 30 days from the date that the signs are required to be removed. Requires the citizen to deliver the sign to the county boards of elections office within 72 hours of removing the sign; failure to do so subjects the citizen to the penalties already set out in the statute for unlawful removal of signs. Requires the director of the county board of elections to attempt to notify and return the political sign to the candidate, committee, or campaign, but allows the sign to be disposed of if after 15 days attempts to notify the campaign are unsuccessful.
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