Campaign Materials & Guidelines

Political Signs

Loudoun County candidates who wish to post political signs must comply with local ordinances (both Loudoun County and incorporated town); the Code of Virginia Title 24.2, Chapter 9.5; and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regulations.

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The Electoral Board has no authority to regulate political signs. Any questions or complaints related to posting of campaign signs in a road or street right-of-way should be directed to VDOT at 703-737-2000 or the individual town offices in Hamilton, Hillsboro, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville or Round Hill. 

Permit Process

Campaigns should apply for a zoning permit for the placement of campaign signs throughout the county. Campaign signs are designated as “temporary” signs per Section 5-1204(D)(5)(a) of the Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance. As part of the Zoning Permit Application, a graphic is required showing the dimensions of the signs along with a map of the property showing the location of the sign on the property as well as the distance from the right-of-way and property lines. The maximum size of a campaign sign is 32 feet. The fee for filing a Zoning Permit Application is $10.

Sample Ballots

On sample ballots, any official authority statement of a local electoral board or the State Board of Elections must be deleted, and replaced with the publishing candidate's or group's authority statement (or disclaimer). For federal offices, the authorization notice required by federal law must be used. For all other offices, the required identification on campaign material is specified in the Code of Virginia.

For details, see the State Board of Elections website under Laws and Policies and look for the summary of campaign finance laws for a candidate or for your type of group / committee. Samples of any ballot (or part of a ballot) cannot be printed on white or yellow paper and must contain the words "Sample Ballot" in type no smaller than 24 point.

More Information

If you have questions relating to either these basic or the additional requirements for identification of print media, radio and television campaign advertisements, contact the State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Division at 800-552-9745 or email the office.