Nearly every election cycle, it seems, someone threatens one candidate or another with a challenge of a candidacy on the basis of an alleged federal Hatch Act violation.
That law, approved in 1939, is designed to keep partisan politics out of the governmental workplace. One of its three rules is that state and local employees whose jobs are connected to federal funding cannot run for political office.
But an inadvertent consequence of the law might be that it prevents qualified candidates from seeking office.
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