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Limitations on Political Activities of County and Municipal Officers and Employees

The following limitations on the political activities of all county and municipal officers and employees during the current and upcoming election season are imposed by Florida Statute 104.31, by the Miami-Dade County Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance, and other state laws, local ordinances and previously-issued administrative orders:

  • While all local officials and employees have a right to engage in political campaign
    activities, they must not use their official authority to influence another person’s
    vote or to affect the outcome of an election.
  • County and municipal staff wishing to be involved in political campaigns should
    limit such activity to off-duty hours.
  • Political campaign activities may not involve the use of public resources in support
    of any political campaign or candidate, including office stationery, telephones,
    computers, or vehicles. Taxpayers’ monies must be used exclusively for public
    purposes.
  • No public official or employee may coerce anyone to support any candidate or to
    contribute to a political campaign.
  • No one may solicit or accept a political contribution in a government building,
    unless that building has been rented for the purpose of holding a campaign fund
    raiser.
  • Violations of these provisions may result in criminal charges, civil ethics or election
    violations, and/or administrative actions.

The prohibition against on-duty political activity does not prohibit casual political discussions in
the workplace. Voluntary non-coercive speech of a political nature, like other non-work-related
discussions on matters of public interest, is protected by the First Amendment provided that it does
not interfere with the proper functioning of the workplace and the efficient provision of public
services.
Any public employee having knowledge of any violations of these prohibitions, or of any other
illegal or improper activities in connection with the elections, should report these matters at once.


Agencies having jurisdiction over election complaints include the following:

Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust
305-579-2594 (office)
786-314-9560 (hotline)
Email: ethics@miamidade.gov
Website: ethics.miamidade.gov

Florida Elections Commission
850-922-4539 (office)
To file a complaint, visit their Website: fec.state.fl.us

Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney
Public Corruption Unit
305-547-0664 (office)
305-547-3300 (hotline)
Website: miamisao.com

Miami-Dade Police Department
Public Corruption Investigations Bureau
305-599-3121 (office)
Email: pcsinfo@mdpd.com

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Miami Regional Operations Center
(786) 336-1000 (office)

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