As we near the upcoming Presidential election, I would just like to send a reminder to you concerning the Hatch Act, which governs the political activity of Postal Service employees. The Hatch Act affects some political activities, including off-duty activities, for Postal Service employees. The Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations, has prepared the following examples of permitted and prohibited activities for Postal Service employees:
Postal Service employees may:
· Be candidates for public office in non-partisan elections.
· Register and vote as they choose.
· Assist in voter registration drives.
· Express opinions about candidates and issues.
· Contribute money to political organizations.
· Attend political fundraising functions.
· Attend and be active at political rallies and meetings.
· Join and be an active member of a political party or club.
· Sign nominating petitions.
· Campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, and municipal ordinances.
· Campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections.
· Make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections.
· Distribute campaign literature in campaign elections.
· Hold office in political clubs or parties.
Postal Service employees may not:
· Be candidates for public office in partisan elections.
· Use their official authority or influence to interfere with an election.
· Collect political contributions unless both individuals are members of the same federal labor organization or employee organization and the one solicited is not a subordinate employee.
· Knowingly solicit or discourage the political activity of any person who has business before the agency.
· Engage in political activity while on duty, or in any government office, or while wearing an official uniform, or while using a government vehicle.
· Solicit political contributions from the general public.
· Wear political buttons on duty.
· Display political bumper stickers on official vehicles or while using a POV as an official postal vehicle.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Hatch Act, please contact Labor Relations.