Brenda Snipes, the disgraced elections supervisor for Broward County, Florida, will be retiring with a $130,000 yearly pension, which is over two times the average American household’s yearly earnings.
Snipes’ resignation came after she received well-deserved national criticism for her gross mishandling of Broward County’s ballots in the 2018 midterm elections. Among other problems, under her supervision, over 2,000 ballots went missing.
Snipes also missed by two minutes the deadline for filing a machine recount that would have given Florida Governor Rick Scott an additional 779 votes in his Senate race.
With critics including the man who originally appointed her to the position in 2003 — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — Snipes finally resigned on Nov. 18.
There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process. Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 12, 2018
“Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch,” Snipes wrote in her resignation letter to Scott, according to The New York Times.
Snipes probably isn’t too upset about retiring because she’ll be getting a nice sum of roughly $11,000 every month, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Snipes already receives $4,880 a month for her career as a public school teacher and administrator. She’s been receiving that pension in addition to her salary as Broward County’s elections supervisor since she was appointed to the position.
After retiring from her position as elections supervisor, Snipes will receive an additional $5,909 a month.
In total, the disgraced official will be receiving almost $130,000 a year.
Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes will walk away with almost $130,000 a year in pensions — including about $71,000 for her time in office. https://t.co/TIv9kUKgJR
— Larry Barszewski (@lbarszewski) November 27, 2018
In 2017, the average American household income was about $59,000, according to The New York Times, less than half of what Snipes’ yearly pension will be.
Snipes’ pension is also greater than the average annual pension for elected officials in Florida’s state retirement plan, which is $53,223, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
While Snipes is legally entitled to her pension, it might be understandable that some Floridians feel bitter about it, given her extensive history of utter ineptitude.
“It really raises the question, on top of everything else, why she’s being excessively compensated for doing a poor job. That’s the added insult to injury,” Florida TaxWatch CEO Dominic Calabro told the Sun-Sentinel.
Snipes divided the country with her terrible handling of Broward County’s ballots, and she’s being rewarded for it with a generous pension.
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