Observer Corps: The Eyes and the Ears of the League

Observers are individuals who attend local government meetings, take notes, and report back to the League and the community. League members who participate in Observer Corps learn how government works and about issues that are or may become items for local study and action. Consistent League presence at local government meetings also adds to the League’s visibility and credibility.

Karen Madsen, former coordinator of Observer Corps, wrote a testimonial to its importance:

"The LWVSC involvement in establishing voting districts for Everett City Council arose from a couple of League members who were observing the Everett Charter Review Commission and heard citizens approaching the Commission with requests for the establishment of such districts on more than one occasion. When they realized that the Commission was simply not going to make that suggestion in their report, they suggested that the League get involved and the rest is history." (City Council Districts in Everett)

For more information about Observer Corps, see the national League resource guide, Observing Your Government in Action.

Snohomish County League Observers

Here are some resources for the LWVSC Observer Corps:

  • Observer Corps Report Form     Word doc (use download to open or save)
    You can choose to complete the form on page 1 or write a summary using the questions on page 2 as prompts.
  • Links to City and County Councils and Commissions
  • They Represent You (TRY)  This brochure is updated annually and contains links to websites for county, city, and town governments, as well as school districts, in Snohomish County.