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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Elections, Voting, & Political Activities

Political Speech

Government has the ability to regulate the speech of its employees within the workplace so long as employees First Amendment rights to freedom of speech are not abridged.  Signs of a political nature may be posted, but should be kept out of areas of public access and/or public view.

State-provided bulletin boards, either physical or electronic, should not be used for purposes of posting political speech. Employees are permitted to post political speech within their cubicle, provided it is not an area of public access or visible to the public.  Employees sharing workspace should be respectful of the sensitivities of their co-workers with regard to any political speech that may be posted.  Buttons or pins containing a partisan message may be worn.