MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A statewide public records audit found that one in 10 requests for basic documents was denied or ignored by local governments.
Another two in 10 requests were fulfilled only after records custodians required the requesters to identify themselves or explain why they wanted the documents, which violates state law.
The audit was conducted by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
It involved 318 public records requests filed in 65 counties.
Council President Bill Lueders, who is editor of Isthmis newspaper, says the audit was not meant to trick anyone.
He says requesters asked for "basic information" that should be available without problems.
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