Observer Corps

Observer Corps

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Why Observe?

The first reason for observing public meetings is to watch their general operations. What issues are being discussed and how is the meeting being conducted? Does the agency comply with the open meeting laws?

The second reason for observing public meetings is to watch for issues on which the League should be taking action - speaking out. If an item that is being discussed is related to one of LWV of Michigan's positions, then include that in your report. We'll look into it and see whether it's something that the League should be speaking out on.

Finally, and maybe most importantly, observing makes a statement that the community is watching the process of government. The League observer is the representative of the public at these meetings.

What to do when you observe:

Go to the meeting, wearing your League of Women Voters button. Get a copy of the agenda (if possible, check whether it is available in advance online) and any other reports that are available. You don't have to read them all! You may not speak for the League at the meeting. Outside of the meeting you can ask questions of staff and officials.

If you can't be at the meeting in person, then watch it online (if available). While the officials may not see you, you can still monitor the meeting.

After the meeting, fill out the LWV of E.U.P. Observer Corps Report. Submit your report to the LWV of Eastern Upper Peninsula's Observer Corps Coordinator, Les Townsend at Island Books and Crafts (101 E. Portage St., Sault Sainte Marie) and email to lwveup [at] Please include agenda and items that were approved at the meeting. 

LWV of Eastern Upper Peninsula Observer Corps Report Form

Resources for observers:

League positions:


  • Observer Corps Coordinator - Les Townsend, email: les.townsend [at]

 What Agencies to Observe?

 Sault Sainte Marie 

Sault Sainte Marie City Commission Committees

Chippewa County Commission, Boards, & Agencies

These are just a few of the boards, committees and commissions - if you are interested in something else, we can find it for you.

Regional Boards & Agencies