Indiana Code Title 3. Elections § 3-14-1-17

Sec. 17 . (a) As used in this section, “government employee” refers to any of the following:

(1) An employee of the state.

(2) An employee of a political subdivision.

(3) A special state appointee (as defined in IC 4-2-6-1 ).

(4) An employee of a charter school (as defined in IC 20-24-1-4 ).

(b) As used in this section, “government employer” refers to the state or a political subdivision.

(c) As used in this section, “property” refers only to the following:

(1) Equipment, goods, and materials, including mail and messaging systems.

(2) Money.

(d) A government employee may not knowingly or intentionally use the property of the employee's government employer to do any of the following:

(1) Solicit a contribution.

(2) Advocate the election or defeat of a candidate.

(3) Advocate the approval or defeat of a public question.

(e) A government employee may not knowingly or intentionally distribute campaign materials advocating:

(1) the election or defeat of a candidate;  or

(2) the approval or defeat of a public question;

on the government employer's real property during regular working hours.

(f) This section does not prohibit the following:

(1) Activities permitted under IC 6-1.1-20.

(2) A government employee from carrying out administrative duties under the direction of an elected official who is the government employee's supervisor.

(g) A government employee who knowingly or intentionally performs several actions described in subsection (d) or (e) in a connected series that are closely related in time, place, and circumstance may be charged with only one (1) violation of this section for that connected series of actions.

(h) A government employee who violates this section commits a Class A misdemeanor.  However, the offense is a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction under this section.


FindLaw Codes are provided courtesy of Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the industry-leading online legal research system. For more detailed codes research information, including annotations and citations, please visit Westlaw.

FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.

Copied to clipboard