Less Restricted Employees – Permitted Activities
Less restricted federal employees may engage in partisan political management and campaigns. Such employees, for example:
- May be candidates for public office in nonpartisan elections.
- May register and vote as they choose.
- May assist in voter registration drives.
- May contribute money to political campaigns, political parties, or partisan political groups.
- May attend political fundraising functions.
- May attend and be active at political rallies and meetings.
- May join and be an active member of political clubs or parties.
- May hold office in political clubs or parties.
- May sign and circulate nominating petitions.
- May campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, or municipal ordinances.
- May campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections.
- May make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections.
- May distribute campaign literature in partisan elections.
- May volunteer to work on a partisan political campaign.
- May express opinions about candidates and issues. If the expression is political activity, however – i.e., activity directed at the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group – then the expression is not permitted while the employee is on duty, in any federal room or building, while wearing a uniform or official insignia, or using any federally owned or leased vehicle.