Failure To Provide An Accessible Voting Device During Local Elections – Template ‘Notice of Filing a Federal Complaint’ Letter

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“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


Download and edit this Template ‘Notice of Filing a Federal Complaint’ Letter

Dear City/Town Clerk,

I am writing to tell you of my disappointment regarding my inaccessible voting experience on ________ (the date of the election). I notified you on ______(date), before the election, that I needed an accommodation to vote and requested that an accessible voting system be available to use. When I got to my polling place, there was no accessible way for me to vote privately and independently. I am willing to share further details with you.

New Hampshire citizens have the right to vote independently, privately, and with a secret ballot in federal, state, and local elections. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act establish specific protections and require that equal access is provided for people with disabilities, including the right to vote. Because I was denied an accessible means to vote, I plan to file an ADA complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and notify the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office of my experience.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.





Download and edit this Template ‘Notice of Filing a Federal Complaint’ Letter

Download and edit Template Letter Requesting an Accessible Voting Device During Local Elections

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Contact the NH Attorney General’s Office at:

33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301-6397
Telephone: (603) 271-3658 or 1-866-868-3703
Fax: (603) 223-2110

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