ABO to allow credit to CPA poll workers

Written on Jul 30, 2020

The Accountancy Board of Ohio on July 29 announced it will allow general credits for CPAs serving as poll workers in 2020.

“The Accountancy Board is willing to support this effort by waiving the traditional approach to CPE and giving Ohio CPAs general CPE credit for serving as poll workers,” the ABO wrote in response to an inquiry by OSCPA. “While this is much more community service than learning, there are aspects to the role that involve a CPA’s expertise (ensuring independence, fairness, accuracy of a government process).”

To receive a total of 4.8 hours of general CPE, the CPA needs to take the training course and then serve all day as a poll worker. CPAs should make arrangements with their local board of elections to obtain confirmation of completion of both the training course and service of a full day as a poll worker to document participation.


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  1. Abby | Oct 16, 2020
    Barry, the ABO says if a CPA doesn’t actually serve as a poll worker for the whole day they will not qualify for CPE credit. You need to do both the training and work the poll for credit. I hope you are placed!
  2. Barry Thoman | Oct 16, 2020
    I took the training last night, but the Summit County BOE said that being placed was not guaranteed and gave me the impression it might not happen. If you are not placed, do you receive any credit for the training?
  3. Megan | Aug 03, 2020
    Interesting spin on a way to get poll workers and perform your civic duty.
  4. Ann | Aug 01, 2020
    Great idea!  Do we sign up through our local county board of elections?
  5. Allen Beatty | Jul 31, 2020
    Wonderful idea! I saw attorneys were doing this. I didn't know about for us too!
  6. Kevin Walsh | Jul 30, 2020
    This is a wonderful program at a time when there is a lot of questions as to poll independence and accuracy.
  7. Kate | Jul 30, 2020
    This is a great idea!

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