Delaware Political Sign Laws
The Delaware Department of Transportation is responsible for most yard sign regulations in the state. According to state regulations, political campaigns can place signs along the right of way thirty days before the election and keep the signs there for up to thirty days after the election. The yard signs must be ten feet from the highway. DelDOT recommends giving supporters a string that is ten feet long or a tape measure to ensure that supporters follow the regulation.
This is particularly important because the campaign is responsible for violations of the law regardless of whether they directed supporters to follow the law or not, so be sure that your supporters who are posting signs have an understanding of the law and the consequences to the campaign if they violate the law.
Yard signs cannot be placed in or on:
* Telephone poles
* Light poles
* Within ten feet of the highway shoulder, the "clear zone"
* On the highway median
* On concrete islands at intersections
The penalties for violating these regulations are severe. DelDOT assesses a $25 fine for every violation and a $15 recovery fee for each campaign sign. That's a $1,000 fine for every 25 illegally posted signs!
Finally, it isn't illegal to post a yard sign along a major highway "but it is illegal to stop along a limited-access highway unless it is an emergency" according to DelDOT. Delaware prohibits drivers from stopping along Interstates 95, 495, Route 1, and other limited-access highways because it is dangerous to stop along those roadways.
The Delaware Department of State doesn't have any regulations that apply specifically to lawn signs but does have a generic disclaimer requirement. Political campaigns must explain who paid for the yard sign just like any other printed campaign material.