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Political Campaigning

This morning I observed a table to be used to register voters with Obama campaign signs. Is campaigning allowed on library property? If so, is written permission needed? If permission is needed, who grants the approval or refusal? What are the guidelings for allowing or refusing requests? Personally, I feel it is inappropriate for the library to be involved in any way with direct or indirect support for particular candidates. Allowing Obama support signs as part of voter registration certainly indicates library support for the andidate. Thank you in advance for your anticipated response and/or action.


Mon, 2012-09-10 09:26

Thank you, Mr. Walker, for your comments and questions. The library's Code of Conduct includes our policies on soliciting, petitioning, and campaigning under item #14. Political speech is protected under the First Amendment, and the library is public property and considered a limited public forum. That said, we are able to address behaviors that violate our Code of Conduct. So if they are blocking the sidewalks, impeding your access to the building, or threatening, harassing, or intimidating you, for example, please let us know and we will address it.

I hope this answers your questions. Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Eva Davis, Director

Mon, 2012-09-10 11:40

Thank you for your response.