Ballot counting visitor logs and video recording of mail-in ballot count, 2020 and 2021

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Ocean County should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Ocean County,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.

Records requested:

Copies of the following for election years 2020 and 2021:

1) HAVA defined - Visitor logs to the ballot counting vicinity within the Municipal Complex – persons on log would have had access to or have been functioning in the capacity of counting, sorting or adjudicating mail-in and provisional ballot records.
2) HAVA defined – Video recording(s) of ballot counting area.

If the above records are unresponsive, kindly provide written confirmation of same.

Yours faithfully,
Coleen Feeney

DiStasi, Danielle, Ocean County

Ms. Feeney,

This office received your OPRA request today, 6/24/2022. Kindly be advised that this request should be directed to the Ocean County Election Board, who has their own Custodian of Records to maintain their records. By copy of this email, I am forwarding your request to Jason Varano and Beth McGuckin for their action. Should you wish to discuss your OPRA request further, please contact the Election Board directly at (732) 929-2167.

Respectfully submitted,

Thank you

Danielle N. DiStasi-Valdes
Deputy Clerk of the Board of Commissioners
101 Hooper Avenue, P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
P: 732.929.2005

If you wish to challenge a decision of the Custodian of Records denying access to government records, you may:
•  Institute a proceeding to challenge the decision by filing an action in the Superior Court of New Jersey; or
•  File a complaint with the Government Records Council in the Department of Community Affairs. (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-6)

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