Greetings from the Director of State Civil Service
Prohibited Political Activity
In the height of this year's election cycle, it is important to remember that as classified state employees,
Article X, Section 9 of the State Constitution governs our participation in political activities. The
United States Supreme Court has recognized the right of a state to restrict such activity in order to
avoid the appearance of such support. This means that classified state employees must avoid the ACTUAL
support of a candidate, party, or faction, and avoid the APPEARANCE of giving such support.
General Circular 2014-021
details the “do’s and don’ts” for all state employees regarding political activity. State Civil Service
has also produced a video titled Political Do’s and Don’ts for Classified Employees, which you can view
on the State Civil Service YouTube channel.
For additional questions, please contact State Civil Service at (225) 342-8274 or