Meet Kaitlyn Oakley
Common Cause NC member
'A lot of people think that they can't make an impact, but you actually really can.'
"I'm really passionate about looking at things like voter turnout and redistricting reform because I think all people should have access to their right to vote," Kaitlyn Oakley says.
A public policy and Spanish major at NC State University, Kaitlyn got a first-hand look at the legislative process while interning with Common Cause North Carolina.
"I've learned a lot about lobbying and how lobbying works," Kaitlyn says.
In addition to her work inside the Legislative Building, Kaitlyn also researched public policy issues and turned that research into a column on redistricting reform that ran in several newspapers around the state.
"This research and writing these op-eds about it is hopefully helping people get more access to their rights," she says.
When asked why young voters like herself should engage in the political process, Kaitlyn responds, "We are going to be in control eventually, and also the laws and policies that are made affect us directly. A lot of people think that they can't make an impact, but you actually really can."