What are the Hatch Act Requirements for Postal Employees?

The federal Hatch Act affects some political activities, including off-duty activities, for Postal Serviceā„¢ employees. The Office of Special Counsel, which investigates possible Hatch Act violations, has prepared examples of permitted and prohibited activities for federal, including Postal Service, employees.

Postal Service employees MAY:

  • Be candidates for public office in nonpartisan 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 partisan elections.
  • Hold office in political clubs or parties.

 

Postal Service employees MAY NOT:

  • Be candidates for public office in partisan elections.
  • Use official authority or influence to interfere with an election.
  • Knowingly solicit or discourage the political activity of any person who has business before the agency.
  • Solicit political contributions from the general public.
  • Wear political buttons on duty.
  • Engage in political activity (including wearing political buttons or clothing) while:
    • On duty,
    • Wearing an official uniform or official insignia identifying the office or position of the employee,
    • Using any vehicle owned or leased by the Government of the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof,
    • In any government office.

 

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