Why is Conducting Petitions or Solicitations Prohibited on USPS® Property?


On December 31, 2003, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in Initiative and Referendum Institute v. United States Postal Service®. The case challenged the constitutionality of the prohibition against solicitation of signatures for petitions, polls, and surveys on Postal Service™ property [this policy is found in the Postal Operations Manual (POM) 124.54a].

The court found that the prohibition was constitutional. Therefore the prohibition is in full force and effect. The court's decision was conditioned on publication of clarifying information about the regulation, in accordance with the Postal Service's previous offer to do so.

Prohibited Activities on USPS® Property

  • Postal Service™ regulations prohibit the solicitation of signatures on petitions, polls, and surveys on Postal Service property. These regulations do not apply to municipal or other public perimeter sidewalks. Please refer to POM section 124, Conduct on Postal Property, and Poster 7, Rules and Regulations Governing Conduct on Postal Property, to review these regulations in their entirety.
  • Leafleting, picketing, demonstrating, and other similar conduct by members of the public is prohibited in lobbies and other interior areas of postal premises otherwise open to the public. Public assembly and public address, except when conducted or sponsored by the Postal Service, are also prohibited in lobbies and other interior areas open to the public.
  • Customers with questions or concerns should be referred to the local Post Office to find out whether the activity is permitted or not.   
  • If the customer feels a violation of the regulations has occurred, they should contact their local Post Office so they can express their concern to Postal management and if warranted, the proper authorities can be contacted to investigate the alleged violation.

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