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Randolph County’s ‘Mobile Election Center’ wins MAC County Achievement Award
Posted Jan 26, 2017
RANDOLPH COUNTY, Mo. — Randolph County was recently recognized for a 2016 project at the Missouri Association of Counties' annual conference held in late November in Osage Beach, Missouri.
A "Mobile Election Center," fashioned from an ambulance donated to the county by the Randolph County Ambulance District, earned Randolph County the MAC County Achievement Award at the conference.
The mobile voting unit is meant to ensure that voters are able to cast ballots when regular voting sites are unavailable. After identifying the problem of meeting voters' needs, Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis determined that having a mobile unit could enable county officials to swiftly and efficiently move to voting sites that are inoperable.
The Randolph County Ambulance District replaces its large truck ambulances on a regular schedule, and the retired units don't have considerable resale value.
"Ambulances are purchased with public funds, so acquiring an ambulance with its on-board independent power generator from the ambulance district was both simple and relatively inexpensive," according to a news release from the MAC. "In this case for Randolph County, the ambulance district gave a surplus ambulance to the county."
Officials commissioned modifications to the interior to transform the ambulance into a mobile voting unit, and the exterior got a red, white and blue paint job, as well as a blue background with an American flag and an eagle.
The identification on the vehicle was changed to identify it as a mobile voting unit.
A relatively small portion of funds that had been allocated to the county clerk's office for miscellaneous expenses went toward the project. In addition, county officials applied for a government grant that went toward the modifications to the vehicle's exterior.
MAC praised the project for not relying on additional taxpayer funds for the project.
"An old vehicle that was about to be surplus scrap was revitalized to a new, value-adding purpose," according to the organization in a news release. "The initial investment for the vehicle will be spread out for several years more, increasing the value, and for the original purchase price Randolph County has the ability to safeguard elections by providing a mobile voting unit to voting locations that for any reason are unable to provide service during the election process."
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Randolph County Officials Sworn in at New Administrative Building
Posted January 15th,2019
HUNTSVILLE, Mo. — Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis conducted a swearing in ceremony, held in the newly constructed county administration building connected to the Randolph County Justice Center, Monday, December 31st 2018 for Randolph County incumbents and newly elected officials.