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§9.  Prohibitions Against Political Activities

Section 9.(A)  Party Membership; Elections.  No member of a civil service commission and no officer or employee in the classified service shall participate or engage in political activity; be a candidate for nomination or election to public office except to seek election as the classified state employee serving on the State Civil Service Commission; or be a member of any national, state, or local committee of a political party or faction; make or solicit contributions for any political party, faction, or candidate; or take active part in the management of the affairs of a political party, faction, candidate, or any political campaign, except to exercise his right as a citizen to express his opinion privately, to serve as a commissioner or official watcher at the polls, and to cast his vote as he desires.  

(B)  Contributions.  No person shall solicit contributions for political purposes from any classified employee or official or use or attempt to use his position in the state or city service to punish or coerce the political action of a classified employee.  

(C)  Political Activity Defined.  As used in this Part, "political activity" means an effort to support or oppose the election of a candidate for political office or to support a particular political party in an election.  The support of issues involving bonded indebtedness, tax referenda, or constitutional amendments shall not be prohibited.