The Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) is dedicated to the training and education of its members, thus ensuring fair and accurate elections for all Ohioans. As part of this commitment, OAEO is partnering with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in offering a new Registered Election Official (REO) program.

This new certification program is Ohio-centric and offers a variety of courses related to election issues from the academic and legal perspective, as well as courses that have a practical focus; how election laws are implemented and applied on the job. Eight classes are required for certification. Four core classes are required, and participants may choose an additional four elective classes to complete coursework. All credits from the previous REO program will transfer on a one-to-one basis.
Ohio Association of Election Officials 2019 Winter Conference
Hilton Columbus Downtown | 401 N High St., Columbus 43215

Core Course 102: Ethics: Data, Partisan Politics and the Public

Date: January 8, 2019
Time: 4 p.m.– 7 p.m

Boards of Elections house substantial data, including personal identifying information. One aspect of this class will deal with the ethical and legal aspects of handling that data. Additionally, board members and election staff operate in a pseudo-political environment which can lead to “interesting” ethical situations. Finally, boards of elections interact with the public every day. How do election officials interact with the public, candidates and the press in a way that balances political interests and promotes voter confidence?

  • David Freel, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
  • Keith Cunningham, Regional Director, KNOWiNK, Election Management Services and Past President, OAEO

Core Course 103: Voter Registration

Date: January 8, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The law and practice intersect to form an ever-changing landscape for how voter registrations are processed and how voter lists are maintained. This class is a top-to-bottom review of voter registration law, registration drives, duplicate resolution, NCOA, forms, VR database management, best practices, etc.

  • Dan Tokaji, Professor, Moritz College of Law
  • Ross McDonald, Director, Lake County Board of Elections

Graduate Class 200: Public Budgeting

Date: January 9, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Budgets inform everything that a board of elections does. While boards are funded primarily at the county level, how budgets are formulated and appropriated by county commissioners can vary. This class will explore the basics of public budgeting in Ohio with an emphasis on best practices for constructing and advocating for sufficient budgetary needs.

  • Larry Long, CEO, The Ohio Projects Group LLC
  • Megan Kilgore, Columbus City Auditor
Registration is now open. Class size is limited to 90 students per class. This certification program is open to everyone and all Ohio election officials are encouraged to participate.
For questions regarding course registration, credits, how many courses you have or need, and certification, contact Kay Wick at
For questions regarding course curriculum, contact Margaret Lombardo at

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