If you plan to campaign for a political candidate, there are guidelines that all campaigners are required to follow. These guidelines are available on the Virginia Department of Elections website and are sent to all the candidates at the beginning of each election season. The guidelines count for early voting and Election Day voting alike. Here are a few of the guidelines:
- Campaigners must be farther than 40 feet from the building entrance of a polling place. As a courtesy, Election Officials place signs noting where campaigning can start at each particular polling place but signs can fall over or get blown away so it’s important for each campaigner to be aware of the 40-foot campaign-free zone. There is no limit to the number of campaigners allowed past the campaign-free zone.
- Campaign signs are also prohibited within the 40-foot campaign-free zone.
- Loudspeakers are not allowed to be used within 300 feet of any polling place.
- A campaigner cannot hinder or delay anyone from entering or leaving a polling place
- Sample ballots cannot be printed on white paper, must contain the words “Sample Ballot,” and, along with all other campaign materials, must have a statement indicating who paid for/authorized the printing.
For more information on the dos and don’ts of campaigning during election season, visit Elections.Virginia.Gov.