52 USC 20701 requires all election officials to retain records from federal elections for 22 months from the date of the election. The requirement for the 2020 General Election expires on September 3, 2022.
True the Vote is filing Open Records Requests in 200 counties (in addition to what we have previously filed) requesting all surveillance footage from ballot dropboxes in use during the 2020 General Election. From there, and with your help, we’ll expand our efforts - more states, more counties, and more requests for more election records.
America deserves answers. Which jurisdictions have surveillance video? What does the video reveal? Which jurisdictions don’t have surveillance video? And why don’t they have it?
Determine which county you want to request records from and find the best point of contact in the county for receiving records requests. A good starting point is an online search using keywords that include ‘county and state name’, ‘elections’, and ‘open records’ to find a contact person or filing process. Some counties will use an online portal for records requests which may require creating an account.
Fill in the appropriate information in the Open Records Request template, as necessary, including Date, County or Government office or official, physical address and email address to send records to, and add your name in the signature field.
Email the ORR to the county (or follow whatever instruction received from the target county). If possible, please cc Research@truethevote.org. If you submit the ORR via a county portal, please forward the confirmation email you receive from the county to Research@truethevote.org. Including True the Vote is totally optional. We ask only because it is very informative to know which counties do not have the requested information.
IMPORTANT: If you send a copy of your ORR to True the Vote via email, please make the subject line TTV Video ORR: County Name, State Name. This will help us with tracking the ORR Project as it grows.
Managing the video can be a headache. We will gladly pay for, accept receipt of, and host online, the video received. It will become part of a comprehensive public video library.
If payment is required for the video, we are happy to help defray those expenses, just let us know.
Required response timelines vary from state to state. We will always be on standby to help you should you need it.