V. Kurt Bellman
Voting Rights Forum Participant
Post Number: 67
Best of Black Box?
Votes: 1 (A keeper?)
|Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 5:13 pm: ||
Bev (et al),
Another suggestion on "jargon" or "talking the talk" in states and localities:
Since elections are fundamentally state and local functions and election jurisdictions are prone to jealously guard that status, the use LOCALLY of "FOIA" requests is likely to engender stiff resistance, and an attitude problem.
The use of FOIA here on a national (and beyond) forum is appropriate and easily understood, but locally, it can create problems.
My suggestion is to research each state's language for the logical equivalent of the federal FOIA, and TRY to use the correct "jargon".
In many states, the description is "state open records law". Another point is those laws almost always apply only to residents of the jurisdiction. In my state, no "out of stater" has authority to even MAKE an open records law request.