Photo: Alice Paul
While other freshman Congress members are taking advantage of the 24-hour news cycle as talking heads on television, Congressman Andy Kim is taking a different approach. On the heels of his introduction of a bill to promote affordable health care through state exchanges, today Kim introduced a bill to protect access to the voting booth. The bill is appropriately named in honor of Mount Laurel’s suffragette, Alice Paul. Paul was the driving force behind the Equal Rights Amendment.
The bill, introduced today, prohibits harassment of people registering to vote as well as those who are assisting them. It also encourages states to establish best practices to ensure these rights.
Alice Paul was born in Mount Laurel in 1885 and her home now houses the Alice Paul Institute, a center for education about women’s suffrage. Remarking about his bill, Congressman Kim noted
“Thanks to Alice Paul, New Jersey has a strong history of leadership in expanding and protecting the right to vote. “It’s up to us to honor that legacy and make sure that every American has a chance to exercise their right to vote. The first step towards exercising that right is registering. By ensuring that citizens can register unimpeded, we can truly strengthen our democracy and make sure every voice is heard.”
If you want to learn more about Alice Paul, Lucy Beard, the Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute, will be giving a presentation on Tuesday, March 19 at the Institute – 128 Hooten Road in Mount Laurel. The event is sponsored by the Mount Laurel Democratic Club.