The federal Hatch Act affects some political activities, including off-duty activities, for Postal Service™ 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.