News updates from the
Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners   


                                            Volume II-Issue 2/Summer 2013

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Welcome to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners' electronic newsletter!


Our Mission Statement 

The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners is committed to maintaining current and accurate voter files, maximizing voter registration and voter turnout efforts, educating the voting public, providing the best possible services and conducting efficient, fair, honest and impartial elections at a minimum cost to the electorate.


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.

Urban Board Conference

     KCEB staffers recently attended the Missouri Urban Board & County Clerks Conference in St. Louis, MO. Conference workshops focused on measuring election performance, campaign finance, sunshine law, best election practices, and legislative updates. The conference allowed staff members the opportunity to network with other election boards and bring back beneficial information to better serve the voters of Kansas City. KCEB staffers are already looking forward to the next conference.

Election Worker 
Appreciation Ceremony

     The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners held its Election Worker Appreciation Ceremony at Center High School on Friday, June 28, 2013. This ceremony occurs every four years after a presidential election cycle. Election workers were honored and recognized for their untiring service provided to the voters of Kansas City. The ceremony consisted of guest speakers, a patriotic musical performance, and an election worker video that captured key moments of election workers on Election Day. Following the ceremony, everyone gathered for refreshments and were awarded a certificate and lapel pin. KCEB is truly grateful for all of its election workers. Elections would not be possible without them!

Appreciation Ceremony

Employee Spotlight
                Meet JOYCE TAYLOR


     Many of you know the friendly face of Joyce Taylor as one of the Data Services Clerks at the Kansas City Election Board. Joyce was born and raised right here in Kansas City, Missouri. Joyce was adopted at 6-weeks-old and had three other siblings. She grew up enjoying grade school, singing in the church choir, and meeting professional musical artists. Joyce graduated from Lincoln High School. She enjoyed playing 

violin and flute in the orchestra and taking foreign language classes. Joyce enjoyed her foreign language classes the most, so she ended up attending Central Missouri State College to pursue her education in studying English, Spanish, and French.

     In her early 20's, she traveled to Washington, D.C. for vacation. She ended up loving it and staying there for 12 years. Ironically, she previously turned down a scholarship to Howard University. 

     Joyce began her career path with IBM as an Administration Specialist and Call Center Manager. She ended up working for the company for 30 years. Joyce then taught elementary school for a couple of years, where she really enjoyed teaching foreign language. Now she works here at the Election Board. She started as a File Clerk with additional duties during election season as a Phone Bank Coordinator, and now is a Data Services Clerk. She enjoys this position the most because she enjoys entering information into the system and talking to voters on a daily basis. "I enjoy learning the ins and outs of city and state government and helping voters," said Joyce. You can always find Joyce as one of the die-hard Kansas City Chiefs football fans in the office through her daily Chiefs attire during football season.

     On Election Day, Joyce's primary job is to answer calls from voters and to assist with their questions. "I look forward to helping voters exercise their legal right to vote and the adrenaline rush of all the activity that happens on Election Day," said Joyce. Joyce also enjoys when the green bags with the memory cards arrive on election night because that is when the votes begin to be tallied.

     Joyce has served at the Election Board for 18 years. You can always find her helping voters at the front counter. Over her lifetime, some words of wisdom that she would like to share would be that "Nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication. A failure is just a stepping stone to greatness." In her life, she is most grateful for her three children, adopted parents, and how she has lived for 67 years. The Election Board is grateful to have a hard worker like Joyce as one of its team members!

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
Urban Board Conference
Election Worker Appreciation Ceremony
Employee Spotlight

Click here to view the 2013 Election Calendar
     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


Invite KCEB to Speak to Your Organization!

Want to get the latest voter education information on the next upcoming election? Want to know the laws about keeping your voter registration updated? Interested in learning how you can register voters? Learn about these and other topics by inviting KCEB to speak to your group or organization. Send your request to sarah@kceb.org or call (816) 842-4820.
Become a Deputy Registrar in 2013!

1) A Deputy Registrar must be a resident of Kansas City, Missouri (within Jackson County) and a registered voter.

2) Training is regularly scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Regular training is stopped two weeks prior to any election and two weeks after any election. Please call in advance for an appointment. Arrangements will be made for training outside the Election Board office when there are at least ten (10) trainees.

3) If you are interested in becoming a Deputy Registrar, please contact Ted Growney at ted@kceb.org or call (816) 842-4820. 
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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