Recount policies/procedures/costs (Office of the Attorney General - Louisiana)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - Louisiana of Louisiana.
Tracking # 16-0156
Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the the Louisiana Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies and procedures regarding the recount of federal, state, or local ballot initiatives, including all materials regarding the following specific points:

• All policies and procedures regarding the initiation of a request to recount votes regarding a particular candidate position or ballot initiative
• All policies and procedures regarding the technical, practical measures for execution of a recount
• All policies, procedures, and considerations regarding the cost and budget of an execution of a recount
• All policies and procedures regarding the tallying and reporting of a vote recount

Please provide relevant procedures for jurisdictions under this agency.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: AG Landry News

Hi Beryl,

I am cc’ing Shannon Dirmann who handles public records requests for our office.
Thanks,

Ruth

From: Dirmann, Shannon

Dear Mr. Lipton:

Please forgive my delay in writing to you regarding your most recent public records request. I had to unexpectedly travel to attend a funeral last week.

This email is an acknowledgement of your public records request dated November 22, 2016 regarding the following records:

* Any and all policies and procedures regarding the recount of federal, state, or local ballot initiatives, including all materials regarding the following specific points:

o All policies and procedures regarding the initiation of a request to recount votes regarding a particular candidate position or ballot initiative;

o All policies and procedures regarding the technical, practical measures for execution of a recount;

o All policies, procedures, and considerations regarding the cost and budget of an execution of a recount;

o All policies and procedures regarding the tallying and reporting of a vote recount.
Your request has been assigned tracking number 16-0156. Our office is in the process of determining what, if any, records are subject to this request and, if so, whether any privileges or exemptions apply. This may take some time. You will be notified within 30 days as to whether records have been located that are responsive and approximately when they will be ready for review.

If our office can be of any further assistance, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Shannon Dirmann
Assistant Attorney General

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Shannon Dirmann
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
Office of Attorney General Jeff Landry
Phone: (225) 326-6026 Fax: (225) 326-6096
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From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Dirmann,

Thank you so much for your note. I'm sorry to hear about the sudden funeral. I hope the travel and return went well. Please let me know if there's anything on my end that can be done to help with this request, and I hope you have a relaxing week.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Dirmann, Shannon

Mr. Lipton,

I am just seeing where I stated your request was received on November 22nd - it was actually dated December 6th, so I just wanted to clarify that. I apologize for the error. Your request is being processed and I will be in touch after the new year. Merry Christmas.

Shannon Dirmann
Assistant Attorney General

From: Dirmann, Shannon

Mr. Lipton,

You request has actually been processed. After a diligent search, we were unable to locate any documents responsive to your request. The process for a recount of votes is governed by the Election Code, specifically in La. R.S. 18:1313 and La. R.S. 18:1451, et seq. I am not aware of other written policies to follow during this process.

I do recommend that you contact the Secretary of State's office. A representative of their office is usually on hand at recounts to advise on procedural issues. They may have something more responsive.

Thank you,

Shannon Dirmann
Assistant Attorney General

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