University of Missouri Extension Council conducting annual election

Posted: Jan. 8, 2020 11:00 am

NEW LONDON, Mo. | The University of Missouri Extension-Ralls County Council is conducting its annual election of new board members.

As required by law, the extension council holds an election in January of each year. In Ralls County, ballots are mailed to all registered voters in the townships where board members are being sought. This year, council members are being elected from the townships of Saverton, Clay, Saline, Spencer, Jasper and Salt River.

“Voters should be receiving their ballot in the mail soon,” , Community Engagement Specialist Jim Meyer said. Voters are asked to mark their ballot for only the township in which they live. Any two eligible voters may vote on the same ballot. Completed ballots should be returned to the Ralls County extension office by January 17, 2020 by folding the ballot, sealing with tape, stamping, and mailing. If needed, extra ballots are available at the extension office. The phone number is 573-985-3911.

Voters may also choose to vote electronically. According to Meyer, voters may go to the University of Missouri Extension-Ralls County website at and click the “elections” hotlink under the county extension council heading on the left side navigation bar. This will direct the voter to an online ballot. After entering some basic information, a voter will be able to cast their vote. The voting hotlink will only be available on the website Jan. 7 through Jan. 17.

Meyer asks that voters choose only one method to cast their vote. If they vote by paper ballot they should not vote electronically. If they vote by electronic ballot, they should not vote by paper ballot.

The University of Missouri Extension-Ralls County Council approves extension personnel, arranges for finances and supervises educational programs in 4-H and Youth, Family Financial Education, Agriculture, Business Development, Nutrition and Health, Human Development and Community Development. The council members serve without pay to guide these programs.

Extension members encourage residents to select their favorite candidate by voting and returning the ballot.


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