Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from government agencies. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Governmental agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.
While a requestor may legally make their FOIA request in any fashion (verbal or written), an email request will ensure the request is completed quickly and at the lowest price. An email request also allows any records eligible for release to be sent electronically without having to come to pick them up or wait on the mail.