Covered state District of Columbia, and local employees may not:
State District of Columbia, and local employees subject to the Hatch Act
should note that an election is partisan if any candidate is to be nominated or
elected as representing a political party, for example, the Democratic or
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.
*On December 19, 2012, Congress passed the Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 (the Act). The Act became effective on January 27, 2013. Now, only state District of Columbia, or local government employees whose salaries are paid for entirely by federal funds are prohibited from running for partisan office. All other state District of Columbia, and local employees, even if they are otherwise covered by Hatch Act restrictions, are free under the Hatch Act to run for partisan office.