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Oct 1, 2010 6:16 PM

Election E-mail Urging Fellow Employees to Vote

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An employee at the Governor's Office of
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness e-mailed her fellow
employees, urging them to support a constitutional amendment on
Saturday's ballot that affects their employment.
State law prohibits using public funds to urge anyone to vote
for or against candidates or propositions in any election.
That leads to questions about whether the use of a state e-mail
account to push for the constitutional amendment could be a
violation.
Maryann Tumino, legislative liaison for GOHSEP, sent out the
e-mail Friday, asking workers to vote for the proposal to make
GOHSEP employees not subject to civil service rules and
protections.
When The Associated Press asked questions, another e-mail was
sent asking workers to disregard the previous message. GOHSEP
Director Mark Cooper refused an interview, but his spokeswoman said
Cooper didn't authorize Tumino's e-mail.

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