Permitted & Prohibited Activities During a Referendum

District Employees

Can District Employees Answer Informational Questions About the Referendum?

YES - If a parent initiates a discussion or question about the referendum, the employee may acknowledge the question and direct the parents to a source of factual information on the referendum. A district employee is not allowed to promote a positive or negative position on the referendum question on school grounds, using school equipment, or during school hours.

Can District Employees Participate on the Referendum PAC?

YES - But not on school property, using school equipment, or during normal working hours. District employees can participate in promoting positive or negative positions on the referendum question on their own time using their own personal resources.

Can District Employees Contribute Funds to the Referendum Campaign PAC?

YES - District employees can support political action committees in favor or against the referendum question as private citizens.

Can District Employees Display Bumper Stickers or Signs?

YES - District employees can display bumper stickers and signs in favor or against the referendum question such as, "vote-yes" or "vote-no" stickers on the personal vehicles they drive to school. Employees can display referendum related lawn signs in their yards, but not on school property including lawns or school buildings. 

Can District Employees Advocate For The Referendum?

YES - But not while on school property, or using school equipment, or during normal working hours. 

Can District Employees Use the School Website To Promote the Referendum?

NO - School district employees cannot use school resources to promote the referendum. 

Can District Employees Use School E-Mail For the Referendum?

NO - The school email system CANNOT be used to advocate a position on the referendum question.  Emails from school corporation technology regarding the referendum must be strictly neutral and thoughtfully considered. District Employees may use personal email addresses on personal devices to advocate a position on the referendum question as a private citizen.
 

Can District Employees Place Referendum Materials in School Newsletters?

NO - School newsletters CANNOT be used to advocate passage or defeat of the referendum question. 

Can District Employees Utilize Social Media For The Referendum?

NO - School social media sites should not be used to promote a position on the referendum question. This includes social media used for both school purposes or for mixed school/personal purposes. District employees can use personal social media accounts as private citizens that are NOT used in any way for school purposes. 

 

Can District Employees Use School Printing, Postage, Or Other School Resources to Promote The Referendum?

NO - Employees are not allowed to use district phones, copiers, computers, or other school equipment to promote a position on the referendum question. 

Can District Employees Write Letters To The Editor For The Referendum?

YES - Employees can write letters to the editor advocating passage or defeat of the referendum; however, letters should be written during personal time and using personal resources (including personal email addresses). Letters should not be signed in an official capacity as a district employee.

Can District Employees Send Promotional Materials Home With Students?

NO - District employees are not allowed to send ANY information about the referendum home with students.

Can District Employees Discuss The Referendum As Civics Lessons For Students?

YES - But district employees are NOT allowed to advocate for a referendum’s passage or defeat to students. Great care should be taken If teachers want to discuss the referendum in a relevant class (civics, government, etc.), the teacher comments must be neutral and factual.

Can District Employees Appear On Radio or TV News To Be Interviewed About The Referendum?

YES - But district employees are not allowed to be interviewed by media during normal working hours or on school property.

Can District Employees Make Presentations To Groups?

YES - As private citizens, but not during normal working hours, using school equipment, or on school property. 

Can District Employees Hold Campaign Meetings On Personal Property?

YES - District employees can have campaign meetings on personal property as private citizens, but not on school property. 

Can District Employees Promote or Participate In Campaigns Or Events That Encourage Voter Registration or Voting?

YES - But not on school property or using school equipment.

Can District Employees Hand Out Literature Outside the Polls On Election Day?

YES - District employees may take a personal day to work the polls on election day. Poll workers are allowed to hand out promotional materials at the voting site on Election Day. Please note: election laws prohibit promotional materials within 50 feet of the polling site. Polling sites will identify the "safe zone" where poll workers may advocate for a position.

Can District Employees Vote For The Question On the Ballot?

YES - All voters registered in the district may vote.

Board Members

Can Board Members Answer Informational Questions About the Referendum?

YES - If a parent initiates a discussion or question about the referendum off campus, the Board Members may acknowledge the question and answer or direct the parents to a source of information on the referendum. Board Members are not allowed to promote a positive or negative position on the referendum question on school grounds, or using school equipment.

 

Can Board Members Participate in the Referendum Campaign?

YES - Board Members can participate and promote a position on the referendum questions such as serve on vote-yes or vote-no committees. Board Members can participate in promotional activities such as phone-calling campaigns using their own resources. 

Can Board Members Contribute Funds To The Referendum PAC?

YES - Board Members can support political action committees in favor or against the referendum question as private citizens.

Can Board Members Display Bumper Stickers or Lawn Signs?

YES - Board Members can display bumper stickers and signs in favor or against the referendum question such as, "vote-yes" or "vote-no" stickers on the personal vehicles. Board Members can display referendum related lawn signs in their yards, but not on school property including lawns or school buildings. 

Can Board Members Advocate For The Referendum?

YES - But not on school property, or using school equipment.

Can Board Members Use the School Website To Promote The Referendum?

NO - Board websites linked to school websites cannot be used to promote the referendum, but factual information can be posted on the schools website.  

Can Board Members Use School E-Mail To Promote The Campaign?

NO - The school email system CANNOT be used to advocate a position on the referendum question.  Emails from school corporation technology regarding the referendum must be strictly neutral and thoughtfully considered. Board Members may use personal email addresses on personal devices to advocate a position on the referendum question as a private citizen.

Can Board Members Use School Printing, Postage, Or Other Resources to Promote The Campaign?

NO - Board Members are not allowed to use district phones, copiers, computers, postage or other school equipment to promote a position on the referendum question. 

Can Board Members Write Letters to the Editor?

YES - Board Members can write letters to the editor advocating passage or defeat of the referendum; however, letters should be written using personal resources (including personal email addresses). Letters may be signed in an official capacity.

Can Board Members Send Promotional Materials Home With Students?

NO - Board Members are not allowed to send ANY information on the referendum home with students.

Can Board Members Appear On Radio or TV News To Be Interviewed About The Referendum?

YES - But not on school property.

Can Board Members Utilize Social Media For The Referendum?

YES - Board Members can use personal social media accounts as private citizens that are NOT used in any way for school purposes. School Social media sites should not be used to promote a position on the referendum question. This includes social media that is used for both school purposes or for mixed school/personal purposes. 

Can Board Members Make Presentations To Groups?

YES - But not on school property.

Can Board Members Allow Campaign Meetings On Personal Property?

YES - Board Members can allow referendum campaign meetings on personal property as private citizens, but they are not allowed on school property.

Can Board Members Promote or Participate In Campaigns Or Events That Encourage Voter Registration or Voting?

YES - But not on school property or using school equipment.

Can Board Members Hand Out Literature Outside the Polls on Election Day?

YES - Board Members may work the polls on election day. Poll workers are allowed to hand out promotional materials at the voting site on Election Day. Please note: election laws prohibit promotional materials within 50 feet of the polling site. Polling sites will identify the "safe zone" where poll workers may advocate for a position.

 

Can Board Members Vote For The Question On the Ballot?

YES -  All voters registered in the district may vote.

PTOs

Can A PTO Member Answer Informational Questions About the Referendum?

YES - But not using school district equipment. PTO members are not allowed to use district telephones, copiers, computers or other equipment for promotional work. 

Can A PTO Member Participate In The Referendum PAC?

YES - Any private citizen can participate in a political action committee.

Can A PTO Contribute Funds To The Campaign PAC?

NO - Because the PTO and booster clubs provide services to the school corporation, they CANNOT contribute funds to the PAC. However, the members of each organization may individually donate to a PAC. 

Can A PTO Member Display Bumper Stickers or Lawn Signs?

YES - PTO members can put vote-yes or vote-no stickers on the vehicles they drive. PTO members can display referendum related lawn signs in their yards, but not on school yards or in school buildings.

Can A PTO Member Advocate For The Referendum?

YES - But not on school property.

Can A PTO Use PTO School Websites To Promote The Referendum?

NO - School PTO websites cannot be used to promote the referendum, but factual information can be posted on the school’s PTO website. 

Can A PTO Use School E-Mail To Promote The Referendum?

NO - The school email system CANNOT be used to advocate passage or defeat and should not be used in connection with the referendum.

Can A PTO Place Referendum Materials in School Newsletters?

NO - School newsletters CANNOT be used to advocate passage or defeat of the referendum. 

Can The PTO Use School Printing, Postage, Or Other Resources To Promote The Referendum?

NO - PTO members are not allowed to use district telephones, copiers, computers or other equipment for promotional work.

Can A PTO Member Write Letters to the Editor?

YES - PTO members can write letters to the editor advocating passage or defeat of the referendum; however, letters should be written using personal resources (including personal email addresses). Letters may be signed in an official capacity.

Can PTO Members Use Social Media For the Referendum?

NO - Social media sites should NOT be used to promote the referendum if they are used for booster club or PTO purposes or for mixed booster club/PTO and personal purposes. Personal social media sites that are not used for booster club or PTO or mixed uses can be used just as any private citizen to advocate for a position on the referendum question.

Can you Send Promotional Materials Home With Students?

NO - PTOs are not allowed to send ANY information on the referendum home with students.

Can PTO Members Appear On Radio Or TV News To Be Interviewed About The Referendum?

YES - But not on school property.

Can PTO Members Make Presentations To Groups?

YES - But not on school property.

Can PTO Members Allow Campaign Meetings On Their Property?

YES - Campaign meetings on personal property are allowed, but they are not allowed on school property.

Can A PTO Member Promote Or Participate In Campaigns Or Events That Encourage Voter Registration or Voting?

YES - But not on school grounds or using school equipment.

Can A PTO Member Hand Literature Outside the Polls on Election Day?

YES - PTO members may work the polls on election day. Poll workers are allowed to hand out promotional materials at the voting site on Election Day even on school property. Please note: election laws prohibit promotional materials within 50 feet of the polling site. Polling sites will identify the "safe zone" where poll workers may advocate for a position.

Can A PTO Member Vote For The Question On The Ballot?

YES - As long as they are registered to vote in that district.

Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, and Chief Business Officers

Can They Answer Informational Questions About the Referendum?

YES.

Can They Contribute Funds To The Referendum PAC?

YES - They may donate their own money to support or oppose a ballot question.

 

Can They Display Bumper Stickers and Lawn Signs?

YES - They can put vote-yes or vote-no stickers on the vehicles they drive to school. They can display referendum related lawn signs on personal property, but not on school yards or buildings.

Can They Advocate For The Referendum?

YES - However, they cannot advocate for a position on school grounds or using school equipment.

Can They Use the School Website To Promote The Referendum?

NO - School websites cannot be used to promote the referendum, but neutral, factual information can be posted.

Can They Use School E-Mail To Promote The Referendum?

NO - The school email system CANNOT be used to advocate for a position on the referendum question.  

Can They Use School Printing, Postage, Or Other Resources to Promote The Referendum?

NO - They are not allowed to use district telephones, copiers, computers or other equipment.

Can They Write Letters to the Editor In Support Of The Referendum?

YES - They can write letters to the editor advocating passage or defeat of the referendum; however, letters should be written using personal resources (including personal email addresses). Letters may be signed in an official capacity.

Can They Send Promotional Materials Home With Students?

NO - They are not allowed to send ANY information on the referendum home with students.

Can They Appear On Radio or TV News To Be Interviewed About The Referendum?

YES.

Can They Make Presentations to Groups?

YES. 

Can They Hold Campaign Meetings On Their Personal Property or off campus?

YES - Campaign meetings on personal property and off campus are allowed, but they are not allowed on school property.

Can They Promote or Participate In Campaigns Or Events That Encourage Voter Registration or Voting?

YES - But not on school grounds or using school equipment.

Can They Hand Out Literature Outside the Polls on Election Day?

YES - They may work the polls on election day. Poll workers are allowed to hand out promotional materials at the voting site on Election Day. Please note: election laws prohibit promotional materials within 50 feet of the polling site. Polling sites will identify the "safe zone" where poll workers may advocate for a position.

Can They Vote For The Question On The Ballot?

YES - As long as they are registered to vote in that district.

School District Vendors

Can Vendors Answer Informational Questions About the Referendum?

YES.

Can Vendors Participate on the Referendum PAC?

YES.

Can Vendors Contribute Funds to the Referendum Campaign PAC?

NO. 

Can Vendors Display Bumper Stickers or Signs?

YES - Vendors can put vote-yes or vote-no stickers on the vehicles they drive to school. Vendors can display referendum related lawn signs in their yards, but not on school yards or buildings.

Can Vendors Advocate For The Referendum?

YES - But not on school property.

Can Vendors Use the School Website To Promote the Referendum?

NO - Vendors are not allowed to use the school website to promote the referendum.   

Can Vendors Place Referendum Materials in School Newsletters?

NO - School newsletters CANNOT be used to advocate passage or defeat of the referendum. 

Can Vendors Utilize Social Media For The Referendum?

YES - Personal social media sites may be used to advocate for a position on the referendum question, but social media sites used for school purposes or mixed school/personal purposes CANNOT be used.

 

Can Vendors Use School Printing, Postage, Or Other School Resources to Promote The Referendum?

NO - Vendors are not allowed to use district phones, copiers, computers, or other school equipment for promotional work. 

Can Vendors Write Letters To The Editor For The Referendum?

YES - Letters can be signed in an official capacity.

Can Vendors Send Promotional Materials Home With Students?

NO - Vendors are not allowed to send ANY information on the referendum home with students.

Can Vendors Make Presentations To Groups?

YES - But not on school property.

Can Vendors Hold Campaign Meetings On Their Property?

YES - Vendors can allow campaign meetings on personal property, but not on school property. 

Can Vendors Promote or Participate In Campaigns Or Events That Encourage Voter Registration or Voting?

YES.

Can Vendors Hand Out Literature Outside the Polls On Election Day?

Vendors may work the polls on election day. Poll workers are allowed to hand out promotional materials at the voting site on Election Day. Please note: election laws prohibit promotional materials within 50 feet of the polling site. Polling sites will identify the "safe zone" where poll workers may advocate for a position.

Can Vendors Vote For The Question On the Ballot?

YES - As long as they are registered to vote in that district.