Archive for April 9th, 2021

FOIA: M. Luke Martz – Iowa Field Report – Des Moines, IA

April 9, 2021

A while ago, I predicted that election administrators in Iowa and other parts of the USA were going to be inundated with FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests based upon Federal law and/or public records requests based upon Iowa law. Unfortunately, my prediction may be true – see below.

Currently, I am in the process of implementing a software tool to process public records requests more efficiently. One of the features supposedly includes a log of who is requesting what records, similar to the U of I’s.  Until then, I’ll post the requests on this blog. | Posted by Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor


From: Field Report Media <>
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 8:16 PM
To: Miller, Joel <>
Subject: Open Records Request

To whom it may concern:

I am submitting this request under the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 22.

Please provide all messages posted on the service known as “Basecamp” hosted by the Iowa State Association of Counties or Iowa State Association of County Auditors by Linn County Auditor Joel Miller for the previous five years. The request includes all messages from other individuals that Miller replied to and that replied to Miller during this time period.

If there is a fee for fulfilling this request, please inform me in advance of the amount. Section 22.3 says that the fee shall not exceed the actual cost of providing the service. However, I request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute to the public’s understanding of election management. As a member of the media, any relevant information gleaned from this request will be disseminated for public consumption.

The Iowa Open Records Law requires a timely response. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than 10 days, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.


M. Luke Martz
P.O. Box 93712
Des Moines, Iowa 50393

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