This 37 page decision by the First Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a Post Office regulation that bans “campaigning” on Postal Service property will likely not sit well with political activists. The case concerns a candidate for elected office in Massachusetts who was soliciting signatures in order to be placed on the ballot.
In Del Gallo v Parent,the Court’s chief Judge Sandra Lynch affirms the District Court’s award of Summary Judgment and writes that the Post Office in question is a nonpublic forum whose regulation was both viewpoint neutral and reasonable. In addition, she writes that the Post Office needs the regulation because otherwise the public will assume the Post Office supports the candidate who is “campaigning” on its interior sidewalks. There was no distinction allowed between “signature-gathering” and “campaigning.”
Read the full opinion here.