Hatch Act State and Local Employees

State and Local Employees – Examples of Permitted Activities

Employees may**, for example:

  • 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 active members of a political party or club

  • sign and circulate nominating petitions

  • campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments and/or municipal ordinances

  • campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections

  • make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections

  • distribute campaign literature in partisan elections

  • campaign for and hold office in political clubs or parties

  • volunteer to work on a partisan political campaign

  • participate in any activity not specifically prohibited by law or regulation

**While engaging in these activities employees must be acting in their personal capacity, not their official capacity. For example, they should not identify their official title when engaging in any of these activities.

A note of caution—an employee’s conduct is also subject to the laws of the state and the regulations of the employing agency. Prohibitions of the Hatch Act are not affected by state or local laws.