Prior to 1993, as an active letter carrier, you and your brothers and sisters were barred from taking any significant volunteer role for any of these campaigns. The primary sentiment behind the law was to protect Federal employees from being strong-armed and intimidated into helping their bosses run for reelection. But as times and campaigns changed, many believed that Federal employees were being wrongfully left out of the political process.
So in 1993 Congress amended the Hatch Act to allow Federal employees to take an active part in political campaigns for Federal offices. While there are still some restrictions on what Federal employees (including you and your fellow active carriers) can do, there is indeed greater latitude given to your participation. Thanks to changes in the Hatch Act, active Letter Carriers and other Federal employees have been able to participate in campaigns for President, United States Senate, and House of Representatives.
Remember: Retirees, spouses, and family members are not bound by the Hatch ACT!
Hatch Act DOs and DON'Ts
Below are the primary guidelines that active letter carriers need to follow when working or volunteering on a political campaign for federal office. Remember, though, that just because the Hatch Act doesn't say "NO," that doesn't mean it's legal! Check the section on Federal Election Campaign Act for more information.