Impact of COVID-19 on Voting Rights

Coalition of Blind and Vision Impaired Voters Logo which includes a graphic of a voting box with the word VOTE on one side and a ballot entering a slit on the top of the box with a large black check mark. The box is red, blue, and purple.

“All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years and upwards shall have equal right to vote in any election.”
-NH State Constitution

Impact of COVID-19 on Voting

As New Hampshire elections officials considered the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the November 2020 elections and beyond, the Coalition helped to raise awareness of issues relating specifically to voting and disability.  The pandemic highlighted the important fact that ALL should be able to vote in a way that does not force voters to choose between giving up privacy and independence, and risking their health by voting in person at the polls.

Read the Coalition’s letter to the Secretary of State: Ensuring Accessibility for Blind and Vision Impaired Voters (May 29, 2020)

Additional Information and Resources

The New Hampshire Coalition of Blind and Vision Impaired Voters (CBVIV) is an organization made up of consumer-advocates as well as advocacy groups including Future in Sight, Granite State Independent Living, and Disability Rights Center-NH. Our goal is to increase voting accessibility for blind and vision impaired New Hampshire residents.

Coalition Partners

Consumer and Individual Partners

Rep. Mark Paige, Fred Fournier, Jean Shiner, Dana Trahan, Andrew Harmon

Organizational Partners

Organizational logos for New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation, National Federation of the Blind, Future In Sight, Granite State Independent Living, New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Disability Rights Center - New Hampshire


Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with disabilities across New Hampshire. DRC is the federally designated protection and advocacy agency for New Hampshire and has authority under federal law to conduct investigations in cases of probable abuse or neglect.

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