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Frequently Asked Questions
All requests must be submitted in writing.
Identify or describe the specific records you are requesting to help our staff efficiently search. Overly broad or vague requests may make it difficult for staff to respond in a timely manner, or to search for or produce records at the lowest possible cost to you.
Online – complete form below.
Email – FOIA@elections.sc.gov
Fax – (803) 734-9366
Mail – PO Box 5987, Columbia, SC 29250-5987 (Attn: FOIA)
The SEC will notify the requesting party of its determination and the reasons for such determination within either 10 or 20 working days of receiving the request, depending on the age of the records requested. Working days do not include Saturdays, Sundays, or legal public holidays.
The SEC does not guarantee that a search will yield any responsive records. If the requested records exist and are available for public disclosure, the SEC will coordinate with appropriate staff to arrange for the retrieval and review. Unless a deposit is required prior to searching for or reproducing responsive records, the records generally will be furnished or made available for inspection or copying within either 30 or 35 calendar days of the determination of the request, depending on the age of the records requested.
All FOIA requests will be processed in a manner designed to ensure open access, accountability, and a timely response to the public. Because some of the requested records could potentially implicate or involve sensitive economic development or law enforcement activities, ongoing litigation, or confidential matters that are otherwise protected or exempt from disclosure under state or federal law, FOIA requests are coordinated through legal counsel.