A public record is any writing or recording (regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format) that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees, or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.
The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.
Please contact Marc Hoffman, the Director of Election and General Registrar for the City of Fredericksburg.