Tech aids our democracy
To the Editor: The New Hampshire Constitution states, “All men are born equally free and independent; Therefore, all government of right originates from the people, is founded in consent, and instituted for the general good.”
In 2022, people continue to have a voice in crafting our laws and budgets. Over the course of 238 years, due to continued technological advances, a greater number of citizens have their voices heard more frequently in the “citizens government” with fewer barriers.
In 1784, Granite Staters used the U.S. Postal Service or rode horse and carriages so their voices could be heard in Concord. In 1925 we drove cars. In 1920, we called over home telephone lines. And since the 1990s we have embraced email and cellphones to further enhance the ability of many to communicate regularly with elected officials.
In 2021, the use of video conferencing technologies such as Zoom once again enabled many more Granite Staters to have their voice heard in the legislative process in Concord.
Granite Staters may live in a nursing home, work during legislative session, care for children, friends, or neighbors, or live too far away to drive hours for a three-minute testimony.
We should applaud our 238 years of leveraging technology to bring as many Granite Staters into the legislative process as often and as easily as possible. We must embrace remote participation and I urge lawmakers to reinstate it for this legislative session.
EDWARD SHANSHALA II