The Hatch Act

Can active postal workers volunteer as poll workers? Poll observers for a candidate?

Yes, active postal workers may volunteer as poll workers. This is a nonpartisan activity. Active postal workers who are not “at work” may serve as poll observers for a partisan political candidate.

Are you allowed to register other postal workers to vote while on break or at lunch (through the state, not a candidate or party)?

With regard to the Hatch Act, yes you can register co-workers because voter registration is a nonpartisan activity. Registering co-workers is covered by and potentially limited by other work rules.

Can I put bumper stickers on my car if I park on postal property?

Yes, under current OSC guidance you can have up to two partisan political bumper stickers on your personal vehicle that you park in a postal parking lot without violating the Hatch Act. You must cover the bumper stickers if you use your personal vehicle for official business.

Is a local allowed to mail voter registration forms to union members and spend union funds for the mailing?

Unions are not covered by the Hatch Act. Other laws apply to a union’s communication with its members on political matters and the use of general treasury funds. Using general treasury funds to mail voter registration forms to members is likely permitted.

May I wear a political shirt or button to work?

You may not wear a partisan political candidate or party shirt, button, hat, face mask, or sticker at work. This rule applies even if you do not interact with the public. Be mindful of partisan political accessories on sweaters and jackets.

May I volunteer for a candidate’s campaign?

You may not perform campaign activities while at work. You may not invite subordinate employees to political events. You may not solicit or receive a donation for a partisan political party or campaign. You may volunteer for a partisan political campaign. You may phone bank, distribute literature, make campaign speeches, and sign and circulate nominating petitions for partisan candidates.

May I donate money to a candidate?

You may not solicit, accept, or receive a contribution for a partisan political party, candidate, or group, including on social media. You may not host, sell tickets, or invite others to a political fundraiser. You may contribute money to political campaigns, political parties, or partisan political groups. You may attend political fundraisers, rallies, and meetings.

May I send political emails?

You may not send or forward partisan political content to others while you are at work, even from your personal account. You may not send emails that solicit contributions to partisan political candidates or groups at any time. You may send partisan political emails to others while you are not at work. You may receive a partisan political email while at work.

May I post political content on Social Media?

You may post, like, share, or retweet a message or comment in support of or opposition to a partisan political candidate or group while not at work. You may like, follow, or friend partisan political candidates or groups while not at work.

May I use a partisan campaign logo as my profile picture?

You may use a political campaign logo as your profile picture on a personal social media account, as long as you do not post, share, or retweet any content while at work. This restriction does not apply if you use a partisan campaign logo as your cover photo on Facebook or Twitter.

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