Letter: No secret ballot for me
I was denied access to vote privately and independently at my polling booth, at Ward 7 in Concord Tuesday. Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, local governments receiving federal grants are to provide equal access to voting for persons with disabilities.
As a person who happens to be blind, the only option offered to me was to have a sighted person fill in the ballot for me. This is not fair or equal access, and I chose not to vote. There are accessible voting machines readily available to the city of Concord.
The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in place since 1990. Where is the leadership at city hall on this issue?
The right to a secret ballot is what being an American citizen is all about.
(The writer is senior vice president of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.)