Some unfinished business will bring together the members of the Clintonville Area Commission's election task force for what chairman Jim Blazer hopes is a final session on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Some unfinished business will bring together the members of the Clintonville Area Commission's election task force for what chairman Jim Blazer hopes is a final session on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The panel's members had sought to complete their review of commission election procedures before last week's annual organizational meeting, but one more meeting is needed to wrap things up, Blazer said.

The task force has been given an additional 30 days within which to hold that final session, and he's called it for 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1 at St. James Episcopal Church, 3400 Calumet St.

"The meeting will cover the previous election process and will be open to the public," Blazer wrote in an e-mail announcing the session. "The Task Force will determine recommendations for the 2010 election of commissioners."

Blazer described it as "more of a housekeeping measure," but also a "debriefing" to determine if the task force members want to make any recommendations regarding election procedures, particularly relating to absentee ballots.

"It will also give a public forum for anyone who has any issues to come to us to say if they liked something or didn't like something or want to see some change made," Blazer said in an interview.

Absentee ballots are an issue because some 163 were cast in the last election, and also because they were the subject of a dispute in the District 2 race in May 2008 between incumbent Chris Gawronski, who was declared the winner over challenger Andrew McNulty in a 62-60 count.

"That's a record," Blazer said of the absentee ballots. "We've never had that many before."

The task force is seeking to develop rules for distributing absentee ballots, especially in a way that doesn't prove overly burdensome to personnel at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Ways also are being explored to get absentee ballots to people who are unable to get to the library to pick one up, Blazer added.

"We want to make sure that anyone who wants to vote will have an opportunity to vote," he said.