PA 2019 Election Complaints - Northampton

Adrien Salzberg filed this request with the Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration of Northampton County, PA.
Tracking #

RTK-00859

Est. Completion Dec. 4, 2019
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Adrien Salzberg


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records from January 1, 2019, to the date this request is processed, concerning election complaints forwarded to the county from the Pennsylvania Department of State. A spreadsheet obtained via a previous request to the department showed that in 2019, 2 election complaints were submitted to Northampton County, including 1 complaint about voter registration and one complaint about fraudulent voting. Responsive documents would include investigations into these complaints and the findings of the elections division.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adrien Salzberg

From: Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration

You sent an email to Northampton County it went into our spam mailbox and we are unable to open it. Can you please resend it.

Thank You

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From: Adrien Salzberg

Sure. This is the text of my previous email:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records from January 1, 2019, to the date this request is processed, concerning election complaints forwarded to the county from the Pennsylvania Department of State. A spreadsheet obtained via a previous request to the department showed that in 2019, 2 election complaints were submitted to Northampton County, including 1 complaint about voter registration and one complaint about fraudulent voting. Responsive documents would include investigations into these complaints and the findings of the elections division.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adrien Salzberg

From: Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration

This is a confirmation of your Right To Know request  RTK-00859 submitted to the Solicitor's
Office. Please retain a copy for your records.
Here is the contents of your request: To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all records from January 1, 2019, to the date this request is processed, concerning election complaints forwarded to the county from the Pennsylvania Department of State. A spreadsheet obtained via a previous request to the department showed that in
2019, 2 election complaints were submitted to Northampton County, including 1 complaint about voter registration and one complaint about fraudulent voting. Responsive documents would include investigations into these complaints and the findings of the elections
division.
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 5 business days, as the statute requires.
Sincerely,
Adrien Salzberg Note: This message was sent from an unmonitored address. Please do
not respond to this message. Thank you,
Right To Know Officer
Timothy Brennan
Assistant Solicitor
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
+1 (610) 829-6359
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From: Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration

Adrien Salzberg
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 81994
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, PA 02144-2516
Dear Adrien Salzberg,
On 10/29/2019 8:00 AM, you submitted RTK-00859 with the following request: To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all records from January 1, 2019, to the date this request is processed, concerning election complaints forwarded to the county from the Pennsylvania Department of State. A spreadsheet obtained via a previous request to the department showed that in
2019, 2 election complaints were submitted to Northampton County, including 1 complaint about voter registration and one complaint about fraudulent voting. Responsive documents would include investigations into these complaints and the findings of the elections
division.
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 5 business days, as the statute requires.
Sincerely,
Adrien Salzberg
As open records officer for the Agency, I am reviewing your request and assembling the requested records. It has been determined additional time is required to respond to your request because: (1) a legal review is necessary; (2) the extent or nature of
the request precludes a response within the required time period; (3) the request requires retrieval; (4) due to staffing limitations.
Once this review is complete, which I expect will be no later than December 4, 2019, I will notify you of the determination and provide you with any and all public records requested.

Respectfully,
Timothy P. Brennan, Esq.
Open Records Officer
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 829-6354


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From: Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration

Good morning.

Please be advised that an extension letter was emailed to you on November 4, 2019. The new deadline for the County’s response is December 4, 2019. Please see attached email.

Thank you.

Eileen Duddy
Paralegal
Office of the Solicitor
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 829-6359 (direct)
(610) 559-3001 (facsimile)

From: Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration

Adrien,

The response attached provides the date of receipt and expected response time.

Sincerely,

Timothy P. Brennan, Esq.
Office of the Solicitor
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 829-6354 (direct)
(610) 559-3001 (facsimile)

From: Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration

We expect to have the response out today, but we have been unable to locate any records. As a result, we expect a denial. Perhaps an extension and a discussion between you and I would help. Did you want to extend it 2 weeks and give me a call to give me more information? I will explain where we are at on it as well.

Sincerely,

Timothy P. Brennan, Esq.
Office of the Solicitor
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 829-6354 (direct)
(610) 559-3001 (facsimile)

From: Northampton Office Of Elections And Voter Registration

Adrien Salzberg
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 81994
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, PA 02144-2516
Dear Adrien Salzberg,
On 10/29/2019 8:00 AM, you submitted RTK-00859 with the following request; To Whom It May Concern:Unfortunately your request must be denied as we were unable to locate any election complaints in the period referenced. IT searches of the relevant email address revealed no results. No records were found from the current or former register of elections.
Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all records from January 1, 2019, to the date this request is processed, concerning election complaints forwarded to the county from the Pennsylvania Department of State. A spreadsheet obtained via a previous request to the department showed that in
2019, 2 election complaints were submitted to Northampton County, including 1 complaint about voter registration and one complaint about fraudulent voting. Responsive documents would include investigations into these complaints and the findings of the elections
division.
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 5 business days, as the statute requires.
You have the right to appeal this denial of access to the requested information. An appeal must be made in writing to Erik Arneson, Director, Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 333 Market Street, 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126, Office
of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 333 Market Street, 16th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126 within fifteen (15) business days of the mailing date of this letter.
By this letter, we consider the agency’s obligation to honor your request under the RTKL to be fully fulfilled.
Respectfully,

Timothy P. Brennan, Esq.
Open Records Officer
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 829-6354
Date of Mailing: December 4, 2019
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