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City organizes Election Day command center

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will coordinate an Election Day command center at the City’s Emergency Operations Center in anticipation of an unusually high voter turnout Nov. 4.

The command center will serve as a central point of contact for municipal support, including responding to requests for barricades to better control pedestrian traffic, public health issues and other issues.

Representatives from the Kansas City Election Board, KCP&L, MAST and the City’s Information Technology, Public Works, Police and Fire departments will be at the center to ensure immediate response to any issues. Additionally, staff from the U.S. Department of Justice, Kansas City ACLU and the City’s Communications Office, Law, Mayor’s and Health department will be on-call.

The City also will provide the Kansas City Election Board with Information Technology employees for technical assistance at the election board’s headquarters. The City’s General Services Department facilitated the loan of 113 notebook computers to the election board. The laptop rental cost was covered by World Wide Technology. The computers will be used at many of the more than 120 polling locations in the city to give the correct poll location to those who are at the incorrect site. (See photo of computer.)

In September, the City performed an election preparedness assessment to help facilitate voter registration efforts at government facilities and to work with the Kansas City Election Board to address potential registration and Election Day problems.

Calls about voter fraud or other issues on Election Day should be directed to (866) OUR-VOTE. Residents also can call the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center, a division of the City Manager’s Office, where they can obtain assistance at 311 or (816) 513-1313.

For more information, call Gerald Smith, director of the General Services Department at (816) 513-1437.

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