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Meet Erica Mackey, Member of the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma

A resourceful young attorney living in Oklahoma City, Ms. Mackey found the League's website and joined online.

We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself.

I was born in New York but my family moved to Texas when I was two. I grew up in Plano, Texas, where I graduated from Plano Senior High. I spent several years abroad, earning my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Limerick. I returned to Plano in 2009, and in 2011 I moved to Oklahoma City to attend law school at Oklahoma City University School of Law. I graduated with my J.D. from OCU in 2014 with an additional Certificate in American Indian Law. I am a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, the OBA's Women in Law Committee, the OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee and the OBA Uniform Laws Committee. I am also a member of the Oklahoma Academy, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization which strives to bring public attention to policy issues in Oklahoma. I am also a Phi Alpha Delta Alum, a member of the American Bar Association, and a member of the Federal Bar Association.I chose to stay in Oklahoma because I made a lot of friends here through law school and I really like it here. I also was very fortunate to secure a job as a Civil Litigation attorney here in Oklahoma City with the firm Shelton Maxted Walkley.

LWVOK: What interested you about the League and what could we be doing to better attract other new members--especially younger members?

I have always been interested in political issues and being involved with civic organizations to give back to the community. I became interested in the League because of its history of voter education and it generally seemed like a good group to join. I look forward to becoming an active member of the League and working with them in the future.

I think if the League wants to attract more members, particularly Millennials, the League can become more involved in social media. Social media can be a great tool to reach younger potential members and to help spread the word about the League, its goals, what the league does, and any events in the area. The League could also consider connecting with clubs and organizations on university campuses.

LWVOK: Any other thoughts?

Generally, voters need to be more informed of the issues and candidates in a way that is non-partisan. Voters need information that is readily available and "easy to digest," without having to wade through technical language or unnecessary information.