West Virginia

1. Voter registration records.

While there are no cases construing FOIA in the context of voter registration records, such records have been routinely made available to the public upon request.

3. Use of records.

It is not necessary for a requester to indicate the use intended for the documents requested. It may, however, be advisable in some circumstances to indicate the underlying purpose if it is one that the public body receiving the request is likely to endorse or at least toward which the agency will have no negative reaction.

2. Expedited appeals

There is no specific procedure for requesting an expedited appeal. Rule 2 of the Rules of Appellate Procedure allows the state Supreme Court to suspend its usual rules "[i]n the interest of expediting decision, or for other good cause shown[.]" There are no special considerations that affect news media subpoenas, other than the fact that Petitions for a Writ of Prohibition or a Writ of Mandamus are more favorably looked upon because of their First Amendment considerations than such Petitions that address other issues.

2. Photographic recordings allowed.

(This section is blank. See the point above.)

E. Appealing initial court decisions.

(This section is blank. See the subpoints below.)

4. Investigatory records.

(This section is blank. See the subpoints below.)

3. Are certain records available for inspection but not copying?

Under the literal terms of the FOIA, any "public record" subject to inspection also may be copied. However, the statute recognizes a narrow exception that permits public agencies to deny all access to certain records that could be damaged by handling. W. Va. Code § 29B-1-4(6). It seems certain that if particular documents could be inspected, but not copied, without the threat of damage, the courts would permit this approach as the least restrictive alternative.