Pennsylvania 2019 election complaints

Adrien Salzberg filed this request with the Pennsylvania Department of State of Pennsylvania.
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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 initial election complaints to Pennsylvania's Department of State. The Department of State operates a form on its website to report election complaints, which can be publicly accessed at https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/ReportElectionComplaints.aspx. According to the form, these complaints are submitted to the Department of State and are then forwarded to the appropriate county officials. Please include as responsive all records of initial complaints submitted via this form, as well as complaints submitted via other means such as e-mail.

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: Pennsylvania Department of State

Your request was received after 5pm on October 2nd. It was dated and logged for October 3. A response is due on October 10.

From: Pennsylvania Department of State

Good afternoon,

Please see the Department's response to your Right-To-Know request.

Thank you.

Rebecca Fuhrman | Agency Open Records Officer
Department of State | Office of Chief Counsel
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
306 North Office Building | 401 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.783.3585 | Fax: 717.214.9899
www.dos.state.pa.us<http://www.dos.state.pa.us/>

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From: Adrien Salzberg

Thank you so much for this! As a follow-up, I was wondering if your agency has the actual substance of the complaints or if I would need to file a request with a separate agency?

From: Pennsylvania Department of State

The complaints are with the individual counties.

The spreadsheet is a tally of the complaints that were filed on our website, but those complaints are sent directly to the county.

From: Adrien Salzberg

Hi again,

Apologies for all the hassle, but I was hoping I could ask one more thing. I've sent records requests to the individual counties in the spreadsheet, but some are coming back saying they have no record of the complaint. Would it be possible to have someone in your IT department pull the forwarded complaints to the counties? Specifically I'm looking for a complaint from Cambria. Again, thank you so much for your help with my requests.

Best,

Adrien

From: Pennsylvania Department of State

I need to discuss this with the Director of Elections. She was out of the office today, and I was out yesterday. I will hopefully have some information to you by tomorrow.

From: Adrien Salzberg

Hello,

I'm just checking in to see if you've been able to speak with the Director of Elections?

Best,

Adrien

From: Pennsylvania Department of State

Good afternoon,

I have confirmed with the Department of State's Director of Elections that all complaints are distributed to the county board of elections and/or district attorney for investigation.

Thank you.

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