Elections are the single most important element of the American political system, the process that determines who will lead us.
Ensuring that elections are fair and professionally handled is the job of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, which offers a series of classes and forums designed to inform the public and make it easier for citizens to become involved in the election process.
Five monthly sessions of these public forums have been scheduled through August. All programs take place at 3 p.m. on Thursdays at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
April 5: How to Be a Poll Worker: If not YOU, then WHO?
This session lays out the requirements for becoming a poll worker. Learn about the various poll worker categories: judges, voter assistance specialists, deputy commissioners, and greeter/locators. Signup forms will be available.
May 3: Does My Vote Really Count?
This session explains the reasons voting is important and how one vote can make a difference. Participants will learn how their vote is processed on election night and what their voting rights are. Affidavits will be available to register voters.
June 7: Is My Vote Safe? Touch Screen or Paper Ballot Machines
This session provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the votes are kept safe and confidential. Demonstrations will be given on the touch screen and paper ballot machine to illustrate the safeguards that keep votes secure.
July 12: Behind the Scenes of the Tabulation Room
Casting your vote is only one step. All those ballots must be tabulated on election night. This session follows the voting memory cards as they are brought to the Election Board and uploaded into the system. Participants will learn the difference between official and unofficial results, and how final results are calculated.
August 9: A Blast to the Past -- The Historical Perspective on the Democratic and Republican Parties
This session digs into the histories of the Democratic and Republican parties, how they were formed, and how they have evolved over time. Election Board officials will provide interesting facts about the parties and answer questions.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
These events are co-sponsored by the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners.