KCEB CONNECTION
News updates from the
Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners   

 

                                                  Volume I-Issue 2/Spring 2012

Union Station
Greetings!

SPRING GREETINGS!

 

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. 

New Website Coming Soon!
          The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners will launch its new website this spring at www.kceb.org.
          Our new website is designed to be user-friendly and easily accessible to the voter. The website has improved through functionality, organization, appeal, informativeness, and creativity. Some new features that you will see will include our homepage rotating slide show, Election Day worker page, what's new/announcements, quick links, polling place maps, and much more. "With the introduction of this new website, we hope that voters will find the key information needed to make their registration and voting experience easy and accessible," said Shelley McThomas, KCEB Director.
          Moving forward into this presidential election year, we are looking forward to seeing how Kansas City voters like their new and improved resource tool. "We are excited about our new website. We feel it better serves the public by allowing easier access to our comprehensive election information," said Shawn Kieffer, KCEB Director. Our goal is for voters to be able to access all information off the website and have it be the "go to" resource tool that voters use year round.
          We hope you take the time to visit our new website this spring. Our website will continue to improve to best fit the needs of the Kansas City voters. Don't forget to check it out and give us your feedback!
KCEB Academy: Public Forum & Peak Performers Program
          KCEB will launch its new public program this spring through its partnership with the Kansas City Public Library. The KCEB Academy-Public Forum is the external component of the KCEB Academy that focuses on bringing voter education to the public. The Public Forum delivers messages that will help the public engage in specific workshops that will enhance their voting experience.
          The first Public Forum workshop, "How to Be a Poll Worker: If not YOU, then WHO?" will take place on April 5, 3:00 p.m. at the Kansas City Pu
blic Library-Plaza Branch. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
          KCEB has also launched its new internal component of the KCEB Academ
y called the Peak Performers Program, which focuses on the training and development needs of the agency's internal team members. Staffers have already signed up for classes and are eager to improve their skill sets. KCEB is always looking for more ways for its employees to strive to be the best that they can be in their career. academy
VOTE KC! College Program
          The VOTE KC! College Program is designed to shape students' lifelong outlook on the democratic process and the role they can play as individuals within their community. KCEB staffers have visited Rockhurst University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Avila University. Students were given the opportunity to register to vote and sign up to be a poll worker this presidential year. "It was a great experience to see students excited about wanting to play a part in the democratic process," said Sarah Dunkle, Communications & Voter Outreach Specialist. Student poll workers will be staffed at various polling locations across Kansas City. KCEB plans to visit the colleges again in the fall to give students the opportunity to be a poll worker in the presidential election.
          If you are interested in becoming a college poll worker, please fill out a College Poll Worker Application and send it to our office by mail at 30 West Pershing Rd., Suite 2800, Kansas City, MO 64108 or fax it to us at (816) 472-4960.
High School Voter Registration Days
          All high schools in the Kansas City area will be visited by KCEB staffers during the last two weeks of April. KCEB wants students to have the opportunity to register to vote before they graduate high school. The Election Board will have a voter registration table set up in the location of choice made by the school and register all eligible voters. Students must be at least 17 1/2 years of age. Students will be able to vote in any election which is held on or after their 18th birthday.
          At the voter registration table, there will be forms available for students who wish to serve as poll workers on Election Day. Many students do so to fulfill community service requirements or as part of their government or political science class work.
          To register, students will need to bring only one piece of identification such as: a driver's license, state ID, paycheck, or bank statement.
          For more information on our high school voter registration days, click HERE
Employee Spotlight
                  VICKI MOORE

      

           Have you ever known someone who has made a huge impact on your life? Well, the Kansas City Election Board family can sure say that they have. Many of you knew Vicki Moore as the Executive Secretary at KCEB. Vicki was born and raised right here in Kansas City, Missouri in July of 1955. Growing up with one brother and three sisters, Vicki was the youngest of the bunch. At an early age of 9 years old, she lost her father in a house fire. After this tragic event, Vicki and her siblings grew closer together and helped raise each other throughout their childhood years.

          Throughout her teenage years, Vicki attended East High School in Kansas City. Her first job that she took was a waitress position, which she grew not to like after accidently pouring a pot of coffee in a customer's lap. Vicki explored another pathway and came here to KCEB vicki at the young age of 18 years old. She was first hired on as a temporary employee, where she started to learn the ins and outs of elections. She really enjoyed her new job at KCEB, much better than waiting on tables. Vicki was then hired on as a full-time employee in the Records Department and later moved to the Data Entry Department. This is the time where she began to learn all of the departments and became fluent in all aspects of elections.

          Later on, Vicki was promoted to an Executive Secretary, the position she enjoyed most of all. She became the "go to" person when anyone needed anything. She loved learning new things and learned how to run everything for elections. Vicki always said, "The more you know, the better you are." Her favorite part on Election Day was the election night process, since it was a fast pace environment waiting for all of the votes to be tabulated. Vicki always loved a challenge. "Grace under fire, no matter the stress, chaos, and confusion, she always appeared calm and collected," said Sandy Bilbo, KCEB Staffer.

          The best part of her job that she enjoyed the most was the KCEB family. Vicki grew very close to all of the employees throughout her 36 years of employment here at KCEB. "Every time she smiled, you could see the love on her face, as if it were a gift to that person," said Tiffany Cline, KCEB Staffer.  

          One thing that Vicki always brought to the office was her spirit for the Kansas City Chiefs football team. No one liked the Kansas City Chiefs more than "Miss Vicki." She enjoyed spreading team spirit around the office and making sure every employee became a Chiefs fan. Along with her fun-spirited side, she formed deep relationships with employees and impacted people more than they will ever know. "She is the greatest mother in the world, I could not have asked for a better mother," said Mandi O'Neal, daughter of Vicki. Vicki always took the time to work with people when they needed any kind of help. "Vicki was patient and willing to help me in any way she could, especially on the computer," said Alby Shipman, KCEB Staffer.

          Vicki Moore, age 56, passed away on January 10, 2012. She was always grateful for the love of her family, friends, and God. "She always said that you have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else," said Josh Moore, son of Vicki. The KCEB family knows that she will be watching over them on each Election Day to come. She was truly an inspiration and a valuable team member to the Election Board. "She is greatly missed and leaves a huge hole in our hearts and in the KCEB family," said Shelley McThomas, KCEB Director. Vicki has impacted so many lives and will always be remembered as a talented, dedicated, and caring woman.

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.   

Sincerely,


Shelley McThomas and Shawn Kieffer

Directors 

Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners

 

Editor: Sarah Dunkle

     Communications & Voter Outreach Specialist 
In This Issue
New Website Coming Soon!
KCEB Academy
VOTE KC! College Program
High School Voter Registration Days
Employee Spotlight
         April 3
School Election


On the Ballot:

Candidates for Board of Education School Directors for Kansas City, Hickman Mills, Raytown, and Grandview 

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

Absentee Voting Begins:
February 21

In-Person Absentee Voting Ends:
April 2 at 5 p.m.

Registration Deadline for the April Election: 
March 7

Don't forget to Check Your Voter Status and Find Your Polling Location for the April 3 election.

YOUR
     VOTE
        COUNTS!
     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 

February 7, 2012

March 6, 2012

April 3, 2012

June 5, 2012

August 7, 2012

November 6, 2012
KCEB ACADEMY
Public Forum

Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch at 3 p.m.
 
April 5, 2012

May 3, 2012  

June 7, 2012


July 12, 2012  
 
August 9, 2012
 
    How To Be 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. 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
Chairman
Melodie Powell 
Secretary
Quentin Jennings
Member
M. Blake Heath

Member 
Shelley McThomas
Director 
Shawn Kieffer
Director
Charles Renner

Attorney
David Raymond
Attorney

Helpful Links:

 

Missouri Secretary of State Elections Division 

 

The Election Center

 

Election Assistance Commission       

 

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