Under the Hatch Act, federal employees may not participate in partisan political activities while on duty or in a federal building. More specifically:
Federal employees may:
- Register and vote as they choose
- Assist in voter registration drives
- Express opinions about all candidates and issues, privately and publicly
- Run for election to a non-partisan office
- Contribute to TEPAC or other political organizations or attend a political fundraising function
- Sign petitions, including nomination petitions
- Wear political badges, buttons (except in government buildings, wearing a government uniform or while on duty)
- Run for office within party organizations and affiliated groups
- Attend political conventions, rallies, and meetings as an elected representative of a partisan organization
- Take an active part in political management of campaigns
- Solicit contributions to TEPAC from another NTEU member provided that the contributor is not a subordinate employee
- Spouses and other members of an employee’s family may engage in all forms of partisan political activities.
Federal Employees May Not:
- Be candidates for partisan public office
- Use their official position to influence election results
- Engage in political activity in government buildings or while on duty (including using government e-mail systems to distribute political messages)
- Collect, solicit or receive contributions from the general public
- Wear a government uniform or government insignia while engaged in political activities
Please distribute and post the NTEU Hatch Act flier in your offices to remind employees of this requirement.
I welcome your questions and feedback.