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.
Core Courses

Course 100: The Election Aftermath

By statute, Ohio county election officials are charged with undertaking a host of critical responsibilities after the polls close on Election Day. These include conducting the unofficial canvass, the official canvass, a post-election audit, and recounts, when necessary. In addition, county election officials must adhere to critical security procedures, and be prepared to have their conduct scrutinized in a post-election judicial contest of an election outcome. Finally, county election officials should undertake all of those responsibilities with a critical eye to building and maintaining public trust in the election process.

Course 101: Voting Equipment: Standards, Operation, Maintenance

Managing the implementation of voting equipment is one of the most challenging aspects of any election official’s job. This course will familiarize Ohio election officials with the basics of voting equipment standards, operation, and maintenance. It will begin with a brief history of developments in voting technology, then turn to the laws regulating the systems used for voting. That includes constitutional cases since the 2000 election, as well as federal statutes (the Help America Vote Act and Americans with Disabilities Act), and state statutes on the subject. The course will also survey the testing and certification process for voting systems. The latter half of the course will focus on the operation and maintenance of voting systems. That includes managing the flow of information from election officials to the voter, ensuring the security of every vote cast, and reporting the results. The course will address the different types of voting equipment used in Ohio and their pros and cons. It will also survey trends and possible future developments in voting equipment.

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

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?

Course 103: Voter Registration

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.
Elective Courses

Course 104: Money and Politics: Campaign Finance Regulation

This class will center on the role that money plays in our political system. 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. This section will identify how boards of elections can successfully implement their legal requirements as it relates to campaign finance laws.

Course 105: Poll Workers: Recruiting, Maintaining, Training and Managing

The full range of what must happen to assure that enough poll workers are found and what can be done to improve their abilities, to assure they return for future elections, managing the polling place, and training and motivating poll workers. The course covers subjects such as how adults learn, special training needs for older adults, and enhancing voter experience with improved poll workers.

Course 106: Duplicate Processing, Local Options and Chargebacks

This is a hands-on, practical course that will focus on the day-to-day tasks involving list maintenance and local option questions. Additional information will center on when and how chargebacks can be utilized with local governments.

Course 107: IT for non-IT Administrators

If you are an election administrator, you are an IT expert. The two go hand-in-hand. This course is designed for election officials who have never had formal IT training and will focus on the basic knowledge that is needed to function in a professional environment that is more and more defined by computer systems. Additional information will focus on cybersecurity and the ability to practically implement state laws and directives.

Graduate Course 200: Public Budgeting

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.

Graduate Course 201: History of Ohio & U.S. Elections

This graduate level class will emphasize the history of elections litigation and discuss how the legal landscape differs before and after the historic Bush v Gore case and the history of elections in Ohio.
This certification program is open to everyone and all Ohio election officials are encouraged to participate.
Ohio Association of Election Officials
For questions regarding course registration, credits, how many courses you have or need, and certification, contact Kay Wick at kaycwick@aol.com.
For questions regarding course curriculum, contact Shadia Jallaq at jallaq.6@osu.edu.



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