The members of the Clintonville Area Commission's election committee late last week issued a formal call for candidates to run in Districts 1, 2 and 9.

The members of the Clintonville Area Commission's election committee late last week issued a formal call for candidates to run in Districts 1, 2 and 9.

The formal election date will be Saturday, May 7, but the committee members decided upon two additional in-person voting days and, after some reluctance, a mail-in balloting process.

Potential candidates must be over 18 and reside in the district in which they wish to run.

These districts are defined as follows:

District 1 is bounded on the south by the Glen Echo Ravine, on the east by the railroad tracks just east of Indianola, on the north by the center line of Weber Road, and on the west by the center line of North High Street.

District 2 is bounded on the south by the Glen Echo Ravine, on the east by the center line of High Street, on the north by the center line of Orchard Lane, and on the west by the Olentangy River.

District 9 is bounded on the south by the north line of Sharon Township and the eastward projection of the south line of Sharon Township, west of North High Street, and by the center line of Georgetown Drive and its westward projection and the south line of the State Schools for the Blind and Deaf, east of North High Street, on the east by the railroad tracks just east of Indianola, on the north by the city limits of Worthington, and on the west by the Olentangy River and the east line of Sharon Township.

Those districts are currently represented, respectively, by Mike McLaughlin, Sarah Snyder and D Searcy.

To declare candidacy, interested persons may pick up a candidate packet, including nominating petition, at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.

The 2011 election will be held May 7 at the Whetstone Library beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. The votes will be counted by members of the committee, beginning at 2:15 at the library.

Unofficial election results will be announced following the counting session, according to election committee chairwoman Mary Rodgers.

"The best way for a resident to vote in the election is to cast their ballot in person, on May 7 at the Whetstone Library," Rodgers wrote in announcing the call for candidates.

Residents not available to vote on the day of the election will have the option of casting ballots in person on Saturday April 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Committee members will conduct the advance, in-person voting, according to Rodgers.

To participate in advance or election day voting, residents must prove they are 18 years or older and that they reside in the district in which they wish to cast their ballot. Proper photo identification will be reviewed by committee members prior to the distribution of a ballot.

"Voters without proper identification may sign a residency statement to receive a ballot," Rodgers wrote in the announcement.

In addition, although election committee members initially could not agree upon a mail-in voting procedure, they were ordered to include one by a majority vote of CAC members on Feb. 3.

Rodgers pointed out that mail-in ballots are not anonymous and are subject to post-election challenges.

To obtain a mail-in ballot, the resident must complete a request form and return it, with a self- addressed, stamped envelope to: Election Committee, in care of the Whetstone Library, 3909 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214.

On Saturday April 2, the committee will convene at the Whetstone Library, beginning at 3:45 p.m., to respond to mail-in-ballot requests.

"All requests must be received prior to the beginning of this session. Incomplete or illegible request forms will not be processed," Rodgers wrote. "Forms received without the self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be processed. The address provided on the form must agree with the address provided on the self- addressed, stamped envelope. If these two addresses do not agree, the form will not be processed. Requests received from persons not residing in districts up for election will not be processed. Each mail-in ballot request must be in a separate envelope and must be accompanied by a self- addressed stamped envelope. If multiple requests are received in one mailing, the requests will not be processed."

The form does not provide a signature or date line, Rodgers pointed out. She indicated that those making the requests are encouraged to sign and date the form, and further that election committee members would be asking the CAC at the March 3 meeting to make this a requirement.

Question regarding the upcoming election may be addressed to Rodgers in writing through the library branch, via e-mail at mrodger5@columbus.rr.com or by calling 657-6854.

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