June 19th is the anniversary of an event all Americans should carefully consider. On June 19, 1865, the residents of Galveston, Texas finally learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect law 2 ½ years prior. Thank goodness for Major General Gordon Granger, who on that day publically read General Order Number 3, which began as follows:
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."
We are blessed that today we have several modes of communication which is nearly instantaneous. Even in this age of information overload, we must do what we can to be informed citizens. At no time is this more important than in election season.
It is so important that we, as voters, communicate with our elected officials who are there to represent us.
On the National level, you can identify and contact your elected representatives, here for the House of Representatives and here for the Senate. Because Congress has national interest and organizations have invested significant resources to develop such technology, you can even sign up to get email updates with your elected legislator’s voting record by signing up here for the MegaVote service. This is a free service and really helps you stay informed.
Because I am a legislator, I tend to focus on legislators, so for other elected officials, you can look up their contact information online.
I hope you take the time not only to be a voter, but to be an informed voter.