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 Summer 2019 Registered Election Official Classes
Hilton Columbus Downtown | 401 N High St., Columbus 43215

Elective Course 104: Money and Politics and Campaign Finance

Date: June 17, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This class will have two sections. The first, taught by Dan Tokaji from the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law will center on the role that money plays in our political system. Drawing from Professor Tokaji’s popular law school seminar, students will have an interactive and robust discussion on how the campaign finance system affects political discourse and policymaking in our state and country. The second part of the class will be a hands on, practical lesson on how to administer campaign finance at the local board of elections level. Taught by Diane Raptis, the campaign finance director for the Mahoning County Board of Elections, this section will identify how boards of elections can successfully implement their legal requirements as it relates to campaign finance laws.

  • Dan Tokaji, Professor, Moritz College of Law
  • Diane Raptis, Campaign Finance Director, Mahoning County Board of Elections

Elective Course 105: Poll Workers: Recruitment, Training and Retention

Date:June 17, 2019
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

This class will have two focuses. The first will be practical tips for how to recruit, train and retain poll workers. Taught by Ed Leonard and Steve Bulen from the Franklin County Board of Elections, this part will discuss the strategies involved with creatively using community resources to identify and attract competent polling officials. The second part of the class to be taught by Julie Maurer from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University will focus on adult education. The emphasis will be on creating a curriculum that will best allow your poll workers to absorb the substantial amount of information that is conveyed to them during training.

  • Ed Leonard, Director, Franklin County Board of Elections
  • Steve Bulen, Training Coordinator, Franklin County Board of Elections
  • Julie Maurer, Research Specialist, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
Registration is now open. Class size is limited to 100 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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