Large campaign signs questioned

By: By Katelin Gandee - Staff reporter
Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange John Martin and Carol McCall supporters sit outside One Stop Early voting despite the rain.

LAURINBURG — Some of the large campaign signs around Scotland County may have to come down if they are not in compliance with state regulation, according to a discussion by election officials.

Members of the Scotland County Board of Elections talked about the issue of signs, absentee ballots and precinct training at a regular meeting Tuesday morning.

BOE member William Purcell said a resident asked him how large campaign signs needed to be before they are required to have a legend — information about the committee that paid for or authorized the sign.

Dell Parker, director for the board of elections, any sign bigger than 14 by 22 is required to have a legend on it.

“The campaign finance law states that if it is a yard-size sign it does not have to have a legend anything bigger than that has to have a legend on the bottom as to who paid for that sign,” Parker said. “Legends are not required for buttons, bumper stickers, yard signs and window posters.”

But Parker also told the board that someone would need to file a written complaint before local election officials could take action. The complaint would be sent to the state Board of Election to investigate, she said.

In other business, the BOE reported that a total of 619 have cast ballots since early voting began on Thursday. Out of the 619 ballots cast 538 were Democrats and 81 were Republicans.

It will continue each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The final opportunity will come on May 5, which is a Saturday, when the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

One Stop Voting takes place at the Scotland County Board of Elections conference room located at County Annex Building 231 East Cronly St.

May 8 is primary day.

Katelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange John Martin and Carol McCall supporters sit outside One Stop Early voting despite the rain.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1__DSC9420.jpgKatelin Gandee | Laurinburg Exchange John Martin and Carol McCall supporters sit outside One Stop Early voting despite the rain.

By Katelin Gandee

Staff reporter

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171

Reach Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171