During the course of events, I sometimes hear or see conversations where words/phrases that are similar in appearance, but very different in application, are used interchangeably. Observer Corps and Election Observers were ones I caught most recently.
Several people were talking and some of them were talking about Observer Corps and some about Election Observers and each thought the other was talking about the same thing. Usually, this happens when we use a truncated version of a title rather than the full title.
The word Observer, by itself, could mean either of these. In order to make our jobs easier and our communications more effective and efficient, it may be better to use the full title rather than the truncated version.
LWVUS has web pages that cover both of these topics with some handy guidelines and toolkits.
- Observing Your Government In Action
- Election Observer Program Toolkit
Please remember these are not either/or programs. Both are very important!