Blind voter advocates sue over state’s absentee ballot system

CONCORD — A coalition of disability organizations has filed a lawsuit against state officials claiming New Hampshire’s absentee ballot system could negatively impact the safety and privacy of voters who are blind or have other disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court against Secretary of State William Gardner and the New Hampshire Department of State, asserts discrimination against voters with disabilities who are unable to independently and privately mark an absentee paper ballot due to blindness, low vision or physical disability.

The lawsuit and request for preliminary injunction were filed by Disability Rights Center-New Hampshire (DRC-NH) and Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the National Federation of the Blind of New Hampshire (NFBNH), Granite State Independent Living (GSIL), and several New Hampshire voters with disabilities, including Daniel Frye of Concord, Jean Shiner of Exeter and Jeffrey Dickinson of Franklin. Read more…

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