News updates from the
Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners   


                                                      Volume I-Issue 1/Fall 2011




Welcome to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners' new 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. 

Electronic Poll Books: A Future Addition to the Voting Process
            The Kansas City Election Board (KCEB) introduces the Electronic Poll Books. The KCEB held its first trial of the new E-Poll Books at the August 2 election.

The KCEB will conduct another trial of the E-Poll Books at four polls at the November 8 election including Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, Wornall Road Baptist Church, Red Bridge Christian Center, and Evangel Temple. E-Poll Books provide polling locations with an electronic


 list of registered voters, replacing the large books containing lists of voters' names. The E-Poll Books are designed to create a more efficient and accelerated voting process.

With this new electronic device, voter information can be manually entered into the system or an I.D. can be scanned identifying you in a matter of seconds. 

            KCEB poll workers have found the E-Poll Books to be beneficial by speeding up the voting process. E-Poll Books also help protect sensitive voting information by storing it electronically. 

            During our trial, Election Judges are brought in for special training, to ensure a seamless change for the voters on Election Day. 

            On Election Day, surveys were distributed to both the voting public and to the poll workers. The feedback was overwhelming that E-Poll Books provide for a quicker and more accurate checking in process than the old poll roster system. 

            "E-Poll Books will provide a better experience for voters by bringing more information directly to our poll workers while saving taxpayers' money," said Ernie L. McClellan, KCEB Training Manager.


E-Poll Book Facts:  

  • Eliminates printing costs associated with traditional poll register books 
  • Reduces calls from the polls to the Election Board on Election Day 
  • Speeds up the voting process
  • Improves polling procedures: more than 90% of voters surveyed during the first trial said that they would like to see more E-Poll Books at polling locations.
Annual Fall Conference

Nine Kansas City Election Board staffers recently attended the Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities (MACCEA) 105th Annual Conference held in St. Charles, MO. Conference workshops focused on legislative updates, 2012 elections, campaign finance, Missouri Centralized Voter Registration (MCVR), grants, ethics, kids voting, high school poll workers, and voting in other countries. The annual conference allowed staff members to network with other election boards and bring back beneficial information to better serve the voters of Kansas City. KCEB staff members look forward to next year's conference in Branson.

KCEB Academy: A Learning Experience
          The Kansas City Election Board kicked off its Fall sessions of the KCEB Academy. The KCEB Academy is an internal training program formed to cross-train each KCEB employee about the different day-to-day activities that occur in each department. Employees will be cross-trained in every department in order to lend a helping hand when needed.

          KCEB Academy covers a variety of courses including absentee voting, data services, judge's recruitment, campaign finance, and much more. Each department will focus on a primary topic during its training workshop.

           Future plans call for KCEB Academy to offer public forums on voter education issues.

          KCEB staffers are looking forward to the upcoming training workshops and the learning experiences that the KCEB Academy has to offer!

KCEB Intern: Aisuluu Akunova

            Through the International Visitors Council, the Kansas City Election Board hosted Aisuluu Akunova as an Intern during the weeks of October 3-15. Aisuluu is a Senior Program Assistant at the International Republican Institute in Kyrgyzstan, where she is responsible for


training the youth wings of political parties. Her other responsibilities include writing reports, monitoring political developments, organizing seminars, and coordinating projects.

            Aisuluu came to KCEB to learn how elections are conducted in the United States. She also was eager to learn the institutional development and history of political parties. During her visit, Aisuluu learned how each KCEB department worked together as a team to ensure the Election Day process runs smoothly. She attended poll worker training sessions, worked in absentee services, met with officials from the local Democrat and Republican parties, and visited one-on-one with female elected officials. 

            KCEB enjoyed having Aisuluu as its intern and looks forward to having the privilege of helping future Interns learn about America's election process.

Employee Spotlight

Many of you know Alby Shipman's voice as the Switchboard Operator and Receptionist at the Kansas City Election Board. Alby grew up as an only child in Indianapolis with her father and grandfather. She spent her summers in the country at their home located on a bluff over looking a creek and spent her winters at their home in the city.                         

           Traveling was one of Alby's favorite ways to spend her childhood and is still her favorite hobby. One place special to her is the Caribbean, where she went parasailing at age 72. She also enjoyed traveling to Paris, where she climbed to the Bell Tower at the top of Notre Dame Cathedral. Alby truly enjoyed her childhood and all the experiences that made her who she is today.

            Alby attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Her favorite course in college was "Marriage and the Family." This class taught her the elements that made up a good family. Her greatest experience from collalbyege was meeting her husband, Ernest Shipman, the love of her life.

            Alby began her career path as a college student modeling and selling clothes suitable for various campuses. She soon became an Assistant Buyer, which gave her the chance to work with all sorts of people and that was the part she enjoyed the most. After marriage, she was a frequent helper in the family-owned sewing machine business. Since she loved to sew, she made garments for the entire family, including one daughter and four sons.

            What brought her to the Kansas City Election Board you ask? Well, Alby served as an Election Judge for several elections and then was asked to join KCEB in the Records Department in 1989. Currently, she is the Switchboard Operator and Receptionist, where she is responsible for directing incoming calls to the correct people. "I love to talk to people all over the world. I like how it sounds like someone is next door, but they are really overseas in another country," said Alby. Elections are exciting to Alby. She enjoys seeing all of the people coming in to exercise their privilege to vote and "help make the laws by which we live, and prove that every vote counts, regardless of the person, issue, or size of the election."

            Alby always brings a positive attitude to the organization and looks on the bright side of things. If she could remind everyone of one important quote, it would be "always do what is right, it will gratify some and astonish the rest." Alby has served at KCEB for many years and will turn 90 years old on December 16. KCEB is truly grateful to have Alby as one of its team members!

Thank you for investing your time in learning more about the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners. We hope you enjoyed this first 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
Electronic Poll Books
Annual Fall Conference
KCEB Academy
KCEB Intern: Aisuluu Akunova
Employee Spotlight



Our New Address: 


Union Station 

30 W. Pershing Rd.,

Kansas City, MO 64108


Administrative Offices  

Suite 2800


Absentee Voting and Voter Registration Offices

Suite 610 

November 8 Election Facts

On the ballot:
KC Zoo Tax Levy

39th State Rep.

41st State Rep.

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

Absentee voting starts:
October 5

In-person absentee voting ends:
November 7  at
5 p.m.

Registration deadline for the November election:
October 12

Don't forget to Check Your Voter Status and Find Your Polling Location for the November 8 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 kceb@kceb.org. 

Election Dates 

November 8, 2011

February 7, 2012

March 6, 2012

April 3, 2012

June 5, 2012

August 7, 2012

November 6, 2012
Tips from Absentee
for Voting by Mail

1.) Always sign your ballot request application, make sure it is correct, and send it on time. 


2.) Remember to change your address on the application if you are having your ballot mailed to a different address.


3.) You can vote absentee if you meet the following criteria:


a.) You will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day.  


b.) You are   incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person. 


c.) You are restricted by religious belief or practice.  


d.) You are employed by an election authority.  


e.) You are incarcerated, but have retained all your voting rights.

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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