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Absentee voting for the April 6 municipal election begins today.

Those who will not be able to vote at their polling place on Election Day should apply for an absentee ballot as soon as possible so ballots have enough time to get to the Cole County Clerk's Office by 7 p.m. April 6.

The deadline to mail out an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. March 24.

The deadline to register to vote in the April 6 election is 5 p.m. March 10.

The April 6 ballot will include several municipal and school board races throughout Cole County.

In Jefferson City, the ballot will include elections for City Council, municipal judge and prosecutor.

The Jefferson City Board of Education has two seats open, as does the Blair Oaks R-2 Board of Education.

Cole County voters will be asked whether the county's half-cent sales tax for capital improvements should be renewed for another five years.

In Centertown, the ballot will include three Board of Trustee seats. In Russellville, two seats are open on the Board of Aldermen, and two seats are open on the Lohman Board of Aldermen. In St. Martins, two aldermen seats are open as is the mayor's seat. In St. Thomas, the ballot will include two spots on the City Council. Two seats are open on the Taos City Council, and two seats are open on the Wardsville Board of Trustees.

The Cole County R-1 Board of Education has two seats available, as does the Cole County R-5 Board of Education.

Absentee voting can be done 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cole County Clerk's Office on the second floor of the Cole County Courthouse Annex, 311 E. High St. in Jefferson City, through April 5.

To register to vote, update your address or apply for an absentee ballot, visit colecounty.org/clerk.

The News Tribune will host a virtual Coffee with the Editor event featuring Cole County Clerk Steve Korsmeyer at 6 p.m. Wednesday. To attend the event, send an email to [email protected] or visit http://bit.ly/3kbVtsU.

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