News updates from the
Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners   


                                              Volume I-Issue 4/Fall 2012

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Welcome to the special election edition of the Kansas City Board of Elections electronic newsletter!


Are You Ready To Vote?

Historically presidential elections bring out high numbers of voters. To ensure a successful voting experience, be sure to:


1) Know the location of your poll before going to vote


2) Vote during less busy times such as 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


3) Have ID ready


4) Study the sample ballot before arriving at the poll. Knowing how you want to vote will save time and help keep the lines moving


5) Ask for a provisional ballot if your name is not found in the precinct roster (or voter registration system) and you are at your correct poll


6) Remove clothing, caps, buttons promoting candidates or ballot issues before entering the poll


7) Be patient!


If you have questions about upcoming elections, poll worker information, or checking your voter status, please visit our website at www.kceb.org, contact us at kceb@kceb.org, or call 816-842-4820. 

Your Polling Place May Have Changed!

     The Kansas City Election Board wants to alert voters that their polling place may have changed. Due to redistricting earlier this year, new ward and precinct lines have been created, causing more than 65 precincts to be re-assigned to new polling locations throughout Kansas City.


     In July, all registered voters in Kansas City received new voter ID cards noting their new polling place. An Election Notice Card will also be mailed out before the November election to remind voters of their polling location. KCEB is encouraging voters to check their polling location on the card to make sure they are heading to the correct poll on Election Day. Voters can also visit the KCEB website at www.kceb.org and "Check Your Voter Status," which provides a map of their polling location.

Absentee Voting

     In-person absentee voting began Tuesday, September 25 and ends at 5 p.m. November 5. Voters wishing to vote absentee may come to the Kansas City Election Board Office, 30 West Pershing Road, Suite 610, Kansas City, MO 64108. Voters must bring identification with them when voting in person.


     Registered voters may also vote absentee by mail by downloading the absentee ballot application at www.kceb.org or calling 842-4820 to request an application. Applications must be received by KCEB no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31. 


     Kansas City registered voters who are eligible to vote absentee and qualify for one of the following five reasons:


1)Will be absent from the voting jurisdiction on Election         Day

2)Are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical         disability, or caring for an incapacitated person

3)Are restricted by religious belief or practice

4)Are employed by an election authority

5)Are incarcerated, but have retained all voting                       qualifications

     Absentee voting hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 3, 8:00 a.m. - noon.
Absentee Satellites

Five absentee satellite polls opened October 15 and will operate until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 5 at the following locations:


Brush Creek Community Center

3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard


Center High School

8715 Holmes Road


Hillcrest Community Center

10401 Hillcrest Road


North-East Library

6000 Wilson Road


Wornall Road Baptist Church

400 W. Meyer Boulevard

Hours of operation:


Monday-Thursday     10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Fridays                        10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturdays                    10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Saturday, 11/3            8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (Election                                             Board Office Only; other locations                                         will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Voter Identification

     On Election Day, voters may present several forms of identification including:


1) Missouri or out of state driver's license
2) Local, State or Federal government issued I.D.                      (employee, passport, social security card, military, etc.)
3) Missouri higher education I.D. (college or university)
4) Local election authority issued I.D.
5) Current bank statement, utility bill, government or              other paycheck, or government document containing          the voter's name and current address


Photo identification is Not Required to vote in Missouri. 

Provisional Voting

Provisional Voting occurs in federal or congressional elections. It allows voters whose names are not found in the precinct rosters to vote a special ballot. The voter completes the top section of the yellow provisional ballot envelope. Fourteen days after the election, the voter calls the number on the tear-off flap to find out if the ballot was counted. For a provisional ballot to count, the registered voter must vote at his/her correct polling location.  

Thank you for investing your time in learning more about the Kansas City Board of Elections. We hope you enjoyed this edition of the KCEB CONNECTION.
For more information, please visit us at www.kceb.org or call (816) 842-4820.   


Shelley McThomas and Shawn Kieffer


Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners


Editor: Sarah Dunkle

     Communications & Voter Outreach Specialist 
In This Issue
Polling Place Changes
Absentee Voting
Absentee Satellites
Voter Identification
Provisional Voting
    November 6
General Election

On the Ballot:
President/Vice President, State and County Candidates, City and State Issues, and KC School District Board Seat

Poll Hours:
6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

In-Person Absentee Voting Begins:
September 25

In-Person Absentee Voting Ends:
November 5 at 5 p.m.

Registration Deadline:
October 10

Don't forget to Check Your Voter Status and Find Your Polling Location for the November 6 election.

       VOTE KC!

Be a Poll Worker
If not YOU, then WHO?

We need your help to staff our polling places. In order to be an Election Day worker, you must be a registered voter in the state of Missouri and you must declare your political affiliation. Each position requires attendance at a paid training class. For more information on how to sign up for an Election Day position, please contact us at (816) 842-4820 or electionworkers


Board Meetings

Regular scheduled Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, at 12:00 p.m. at the Kansas City Election Board Office:
30 W. Pershing Rd.,
Suite 2800
Kansas City, MO 64108
Board of Commissioners

Megan Thornberry
Melodie Powell 
Quentin Jennings
M. Blake Heath

Shelley McThomas
Shawn Kieffer
Charles Renner

David Raymond

Helpful Links:


Missouri Secretary of State Elections Division 


The Election Center


Election Assistance Commission     



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