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Voting accessibility

A photo shows Manchester election workers reviewing returned absentee ballots ahead of the 2020 November election. They're inside a large event space the city rented out to accommodate the high number of ballots and people needed to process them.
Casey McDermott, NHPR

In each major election, hundreds of New Hampshire absentee voters are disenfranchised because of simple paperwork mistakes — and often, they might not know until it’s too late to fix their error. But a new proposal, building off of changes implemented during the pandemic, could provide a solution that ensures more people can have their votes counted in elections to come.

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Whether you plan to cast an absentee ballot or plan to head to your local polling place on Election Day, or even if you haven’t yet finalized your voting plan and need more information to help make up your mind, NHPR can help. 

Courtesy of ProPublica's Electionland

At NHPR, we want to make sure you have the information you need to cast your vote safely and securely this fall, with some changes in place due to COVID-19. We also want to know if New Hampshire voters are running into any challenges when trying to cast a ballot. That’s where you can help.

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Air date: Monday, September 28, 2020. 

Annie Ropeik, NHPR

With a week to go before the state primary election, New Hampshire is launching a new absentee voting system meant to allow more voters to cast a ballot privately and independently. 

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In New Hampshire, people who have bene convicted of a felony are eligible to vote as soon as they are no longer incarcerated.

In some states, felons lose their voting rights indefinitely. Here, felons have no extra forms or process to go through. All they have to do is show up at the polls on Election Day and vote.

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The New Hampshire Democratic Party is asking the state to pursue a “full investigation” into a recent batch of erroneous absentee voter registration mailers sent by the New Hampshire Republican Party.

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Originalmente escrito en inglés por Kelly Burch de Granite State News Collaborative, traducido al español por María Aguirre. 

Este año, todos los votantes elegibles en New Hampshire pueden registrarse mediante el correo. Pero, los votantes deben solicitar sus papeletas de ausencia y votos ausentes con tiempo para ayudar al estado a lidiar con el incremento anticipado de votos remotos. 

“Los votantes realmente podrían ayudar si actúan temprano", dijo en inglés David Scanlan, el secretario adjunto del estado. “Regístrense antes de la elección", fue su sugerencia. 

Three New Hampshire voters and a coalition of groups who advocate for people with disabilities are suing the state over its COVID-19 absentee registration and voting procedure. They allege that the state is denying voters with disabilities the equal opportunity to cast a private, independent absentee ballot without extra assistance.

There are nearly 60 election-related bills in the New Hampshire legislature this session, many of which reflect national conversations around election issues.  The Exchange discussed redistricting and voting technology with Casey McDermott, NHPR's reporter covering politics and policy, and Jessica Huseman, election reporter from Politico.  

Cori Princell for NHPR

The U.S. Justice Department says it's resolved a complaint with the city of Concord stemming from 2015 alleging that the city failed to provide an accessible voting machine for a voter who is blind.

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