Some partisan activities allowed for postal employees

The Postal Service is offering employees another reminder about the rules for participating in political activities under the Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act is a law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, while wearing a federal uniform or identification badge, while on federal property or while inside a federal vehicle.

The law also forbids employees from engaging in certain political activities whether or not they are on duty, such as raising money for a candidate or running for a partisan office.

However, under the Hatch Act, employees are permitted to do the following when not at work, wearing a postal uniform or occupying a postal vehicle:

  • Register to vote and vote in an election
  • Volunteer to participate in voter registration efforts
  • Manage a partisan political campaign
  • Attend a political fundraiser
  • Donate money to a partisan candidate, party or group
  • Become a member of a political party
  • Hold office within a political party

The Ethics Blue page has more Hatch Act resources, including a Let’s Talk Politics! fact sheet. Employees who have questions can contact their local field law office or send an email to ethics.help@usps.gov.


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