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OBSERVER CORPS

Protecting Your Right To Know

The right to know what the government is doing is integral to our democracy

WHY

Observers are the eyes and ears of the League. In addition, an observer’s presence at meetings demonstrates a citizen’s desire to be an informed and active participant in local government. League observers build good public relations as visible examples of citizens seeking to understand public policy issues, and the workings of our elected or appointed boards, commissions, and councils.

OBSERVER GUIDELINES

Click here for information on the background, purpose, and procedures of the Observer Corps

OBSERVER REPORT PURPOSE

  1. Observing government in action makes a statement that the community is watching the process of governing. The League observer is the representative of the public at these meetings.
  2. Observing public meetings allows League volunteers to watch for issues on which the League has taken a position or has an interest. If an item that is being discussed is related to one of LWV’s positions, the observer’s report will alert the Board to the possibility the League should speak out or take action on the issue.
  3. Observers watch the general operations of public meetings. What issues are being discussed and how is the meeting being conducted? Does the Board, Council, or Commission comply with the open meeting laws?

RESOURCES FOR OBSERVERS

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

The League does not currently have enough volunteers to cover all the meetings held in Kittitas County. If you are interested in becoming a League observer (and you don’t have to be a member to an observer), please contact us at info@kittitasleague.org.

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