Employee participation in political activities

As you are all aware, political campaigns are underway throughout the region, state and country. I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the city’s regulations regarding employees’ participation in political activities.


Employees have the right to participate in political activities on their own time but not during or in the course of their work. In addition, employees may not use city resources (i.e. email, office supplies, copiers, employee time, vehicles, etc.) for or in support or opposition of political activities, including supporting a candidate or advocating for a ballot measure.


Certain regulations have been adopted to assure that the city’s resources are applied appropriately and to ensure that employees do not feel compelled to participate in political activities.


Attached for your reference, you will find:

  • Carlsbad Municipal Code Section 2.44.100 through 2.44.130 describing the regulations pertaining to employee political activity

  • The city’s rules for campaign signs

  • “Do’s and Don’ts for City Officials and Employees” prepared by the League of California Cities. Although this document was prepared regarding a ballot measure the League was proposing, the regulations are also relevant to our local political activities

Additional election related information can be found on the City Clerk’s webpage.


9-15-22 Memo - Employee Participation in Political Activities
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