Election Fraud - Texas

Ben Hudson filed this request with the State of Texas Secretary of State, Elections Division of Texas.
Tracking # OR2017-14728
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Ben Hudson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any communications (electronic or otherwise) which mention the word 'fraud.' This includes all emails, text messages, or memos sent or received by staff members. Please limit the search to the dates 9/30/2016 - 3/27/2017.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hudson

From: Lindsey Aston

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Thank you for contacting the Office of the Texas Secretary of State (the "Office"). Please note that we need some clarification to complete your request.

First, are you only requesting communications to or from individuals in the Office's Election Division and not in any other Division of the Office searched using the search term "fraud"?

Second, is your request for "communications" limited only to "emails, text messages, or memos", and accordingly, does not include any other types of documents, such as filled out forms or letters or other documents? If your understanding of "communications" includes other documents besides "emails, text messages, or memos," please specifically identify those types of documents.

Please note that under Section of 552.222 of the PIA, if you do not respond in writing to this request for clarification within sixty one days of this communication, your request for information is deemed by Texas law to be withdrawn.
Regards,

Lindsey (Wolf) Aston
General Counsel
Texas Secretary of State

From: Ben Hudson

Lindsey,

Thank you for your prompt response to my request, I appreciate it.

Correct, I am only seeking records in the Election Division, and my request does not include any types of documents beyond "emails, text messages, or memos."

Thank you and please let me know if further clarification is required.

Ben Hudson

From: Lindsey Aston

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Please see the attached letter, with enclosures, in response to your request for information under Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code.
Regards,

Lindsey (Wolf) Aston
General Counsel
Texas Secretary of State

From: Ben Hudson

Lindsey,

Thank you for all of your help in this request!

Ben Hudson

From: Lindsey Aston

You're welcome, Mr. Hudson. Please see the attached letter, with enclosure, relating to your request.
Regards,

Lindsey (Wolf) Aston
General Counsel
Texas Secretary of State

From: Lindsey Aston

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Please see the attached letter, with enclosures, relating to your request for information under Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code.
Regards,

Lindsey (Wolf) Aston
General Counsel
Texas Secretary of State
512-475-2813

From: State of Texas Secretary of State, Elections Division

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Lindsey Aston

Hello,

As indicated in OR2017-14728<https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/openrecords/51paxton/orl/2017/pdf/or201714728.pdf>, of which I understand you received a copy, there is no further action required from our Office on this request. See OR2017-14728<https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/openrecords/51paxton/orl/2017/pdf/or201714728.pdf> ("The secretary's office may withhold the submitted information...").

Thank you,

Lindsey (Wolf) Aston
General Counsel
Texas Secretary of State

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