Elected and appointed officials as well as public employees are prohibited from using or authorizing the use of any facilities of a public office or agency, directly or indirectly, to assist a candidate’s election campaign or to promote or oppose a ballot proposition. Public agency facilities include, but are not limited to, office stationery, postage, machines, equipment, employees during working hours, vehicles, office space, office publications and client lists. This restriction does not apply to:
activities that are part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency. RCW 42.17A.555. For more discussion of election-related communications by government agencies, see this staff analysis.
“Normal and regular” has been interpreted to mean those activities that are authorized by law and customary for the agency. WAC 390-05-273.