County employment. County employers may not use their official positions to interfere with or affect the result of an election or nomination for political office. County employers may not coerce coworkers to support or contribute to political or partisan purposes (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 153A-99).
City employment. City employers are bound by an identical law (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 160A-169).
State employment. State employees are prohibited from:
· Coercing subordinates or coworkers to support or contribute to political candidates, committees, parties, or to change their party affiliation.
· Taking an active part in managing a campaign or otherwise engaging in political activity while on duty performing services for which the employee is paid by the State.
· Using the authority of their position or using state supplies, funds, or vehicles to secure support for or oppose any candidate, party, or issue in an election.
However, state employers may not interfere with the right of state employees to engage in political activity while off-duty. A state employee who is or may be expected to perform his or her duties on a 24-hour-per-day basis must not be prevented from engaging in political activity, except during regularly scheduled working hours or at other times when he or she is actually performing the duties of the job. Anyone violating this section can be imprisoned or fined up to $1,000 or both (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-13 et seq.).