News updates from the
Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners   


                                              Volume I-Issue 3/Summer 2012

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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. 

Your Polling Location May Change!

          The Kansas City Election Board wants to inform voters that their polling location may have changed. Due to redistricting, new district lines have been created, causing more than 65 precincts to be re-assigned to new polling locations throughout Kansas City.

          All registered voters in Kansas City recently received their new voter ID card with their new polling location. An election notice card will also be sent out before each election to remind voters of their polling location for the upcoming election. KCEB is encouraging voters to check their polling location on the card to make sure they are heading to the correct location on Election Day. Voters can also visit the KCEB website and check their voter status, which will provide a map of their polling location.

New Voter ID Cards

          The Kansas City Election Board recently mailed new voter identification cards to all registered voters in Kansas City. Note: Voters should check their new voter ID card. If their old State Representative or State Senate district is listed, they may contact the Election Board office for their new districts.

          The cards are red, white and blue, and are perforated for easy folding. The card contains the voter's name and address, voter ID number, polling location, voting districts, ward and precinct number, and registration date. The new feature on the card is the QR code. Voters can easily scan the barcode, which links the voter to the new KCEB website, to check their voter status and to see if their polling location has changed.

          The Election Board is encouraging voters to always carry the cards in their wallets and to present them to election judges when voting. Voters will still have the option of using other approved forms of identification, such as a driver's license, government ID, college ID, etc., when asked to present identification at the polls.

          Voters will continue to receive the election notice cards two weeks prior to every election. Those cards remind voters of the date, time and poll location of upcoming elections, and most importantly whether there is a change in their polling location for that election.

Public Forums Continue
          The Election Board began its Public Forum at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch this past spring. The Election Board has reached out to the other libraries across Kansas City. The Public Forum will now be expanded
to the North-East Branch and the Bluford Branch. North-East Library forums will take place on August 23 and September 27 at 6:00 p.m. Bluford Library forums will take place on August 30 and September 20 at 6:00 p.m.
          A new workshop topic will be featured during the month of September titled: "Voter 101: Bringing Voter Education to You." This workshop teaches voters the basics that they will need to know to be prepared for Election Day. Participants will learn about voter deadlines, provisional ballots, new voter ID cards, ID's required at the polls and much more. Participants will always have the opportunity to register to vote or update their name or address at the Public Forum. The Election Board is experiencing great turn outs at the Public Forums and hopes that voters continue to come and participate in the future.
Invite KCEB to Your Organization
          The Kansas City Election Board is reaching out to groups and organizations across Kansas City. KCEB's outreach program is designed to grow voter registration, encourage civic engagement in the democratic process, shawn-public forum
increase voter turnout and provide voter education. KCEB wants all voters to have any of their questions answered by inviting KCEB to come and speak to their group or organization. Voters will be able to receive any education that they desire for this presidential year. Some of the topics will include: voter rights
, ID requirements, learning the laws about keeping your voter registration updated, how you can help register voters and much more!
          Don't miss out on this great opportunity to spread voter education to your group or organization. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your request to sarah@kceb.org.
Employee Spotlight
Meet Ted Growney


          Many of you know the friendly face of Ted Growney as the Registration/Poll Supervisor at the Kansas City Election Board. Ted was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, the only child out of eight siblings to be born outside of Kansas City, Missouri. However, he did grow up in Kansas City and still resides here today. Ted grew up in a political household and was always surrounded by folks in politics. "Whether it was shaking Ronald Reagan's hand as a 'Schweik Tyke' at the 1976 Republican National Convention, surrounded by the mayor and other politicians at our home on election night or working on my dad's campaigns, it always seemed our family was involved with politics," said Ted. Ted graduated from Bishop Miege High School and then graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor's degree in Studio Art.

          Twenty-one years later, Ted is still at his first full-time job at the Kansas City Election Board. You can always find him staying busy, whether it is setting up multiple polling locations or training Deputy Registrars all across Kansas City. His main focus on Election Day is making sure all of the election workers can open up their polling location on time in the morning. "Elections excite me by the 'buzz' that it creates. As everyone knows, the bigger the election, the bigger the spotlight is on us. We all want to achieve the same goal, which is to run a flawless election," said Ted. He still looks forward to each Election Day to see what each one has in store for him. "I enjoy working for the Election Board for the satisfaction I feel when an election is completed," said Ted.

          One major project that Ted had to tackle this year was redistricting. Redistricting occurs when new district lines are drawn because of population shifts reflected in the census which occurs every 10 years. Ted's job was to take the new district lines provided by the various political entities and re-draw the new ward and precincts inside these districts. With a helpful hand from Tamara Chestnut, KCEB Data Services Supervisor, they replaced the old ward and precincts with the new ones in the Missouri Centralized Voter Registration database. In many cases, precincts were split and required extensive work before new maps could be generated. This whole process took months to complete. Ted worked hard and finished the project before the fast-paced election season began.

           Ted has served at the Election Board for many years. He always offers a helping hand whether it is to a voter coming into the office or an employee needing his help. "Always be friendly to others. You never know when you might need that friendly face to say 'hello' to you on a Monday morning when you need a lift-me-up," said Ted. KCEB is thankful to have a driven, dedicated worker like Ted 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 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 Location Changes
New Voter ID Cards
Public Forums Continue
Invite KCEB to Your Organization
Employee Spotlight
         August 7 
 Primary Election

On the Ballot:
Federal/State/County Candidates and State and City Issues

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

Absentee Voting Begins:
June 26

In-Person Absentee Voting Ends:
August 6 at 5 p.m.

Registration Deadline:
July 11

Don't forget to Check Your Voter Status and Find Your Polling Location for the August 7 election.

Election Dates

August 7

November 6

Registration Deadline:
October 10
       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


Public Forum

Kansas City 
Public Library
Plaza Branch
3 p.m., August 9
North-East Branch
6 p.m., August 23
6 p.m., September 27
Bluford Branch
6 p.m., August 30
6 p.m., September 20
How To Become A Deputy Registrar
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 or by appointment. Regular training is stopped two weeks prior to any election and two weeks after any election. Please call in advance for an appointment. Arrangements can 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 (816) 842-4820 x. 222 or Nicole Hoffman at (816) 842-4820 x. 247.
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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