Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.
Editor’s Note 12/04/19: We have recently received a high volume of submissions that are not requests for public records, but instead are informational type questions for the government. Sunshine Request is a site built to make requests for public records to the government – Public records are recorded information such as government emails, policies, documents, spreadsheets etc.
In the interest of preserving our own team’s time to focus on our high volume of requests, as well to respect the staff time of government entities fulfilling records requests, Sunshine Request will no longer fulfill “requests” that are just questions for government entities and do not contain a clear record that is being requested.
The above submission has been marked as “Completed.” As it is written, this submission is just questions to the government entity, and is not a request for public records. If the sender would like to resubmit, please do so via the form on our homepage, clearly specifying what public records are being requested:
Tips for Writing a Request:
It is important that what you are requesting is specific and reasonable. Please specify the exact records you’d like to receive, rather than any “possible” or “potential” info that could be searched. Please do not include personal opinions / statements, as these are not pertinent to submitting a records request.
Remember that the larger your request, the more time it usually takes to fulfill. Specificity will often help reduce the amount of time needed to process the request.
It is important that a request has a clearly written and complete Subject and Message, and also specifies the Government Entity (or entities), City and/or County, and State to which the request should be sent. If applicable, please also include any responsive timelines for the info that should be requested – For example, “I’d like all emails sent from 11/11/19 – 12/11/19.”
This will help reduce the amount of time needed for our team to review and send the request, and will also reduce the likelihood that a government entity will need additional clarification in order to process the request.