According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, “frequently, over zealous campaign workers place signs where they violate state and/or federal laws. In some instances, illegal signs pose a threat to public safety, especially where they appear in intersections, medians, on bridges, utility poles or along side walks. Other times signs are placed on public property or private property without the owner’s permission.”
In Nebraska, it is unlawful to post elections signs in the right of way. The state right of way varies depending upon the road, private property lines, and other factors, so sometimes it’s difficult to understand where the right of way ends. To help determine where the right of way ends, look for telephone poles, fence lines, and other landmarks, which are always in the right of way. Be sure to place signs outside of these Department maintained structures.
Campaign signs are a Class III advertising sign. This type of sign is permitted in zoned and unzoned commercial or industrial areas but require a permit from the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Maintenance crews will remove any signs that are improperly posted. The Roads Department will store the signs for a brief period of time for you to retrieve the yard signs. Contact your local maintenance station to be sure that the Department has the signs and to arrange pick up. If you do not contact the Roads Department quickly, they will dispose of the campaign yard signs.