Making Democracy Work

Observer Program

We actively observe officials doing their work in public!

In pursuit of our interest in good government, the Fresno League is interested in having volunteer observers at meetings of local governing boards. Our representatives represent us better when their decisions are made in full view of a public that has been informed beforehand of the issues being considered. In order to promote that kind of open government, we encourage our members to attend or watch televised meetings and fill out an observer form to be submitted back to the LWV Fresno Board.

This kind of observation is best done by a member who is willing to commit to fairly regular attendance at a particular board's meetings. It is personally rewarding for the observer to get to know the participants and issues in front of that board, and it signals to that board that there is at least one person there who is actively and consistently interested in their processes. For the local League, the observations of a regular observer are also more informative. Anyone interested in participating as an observer can contact the local office or email A list of local boards and their meeting times and a copy of the observer form, which can guide the evaluation of any public meeting, are available on this website.