Election Official Brenda Snipes to Receive $130k a Year After Golden Handshake
Departing Broward County official will get $130,000 a year in pensions
Brenda Snipes, the disgraced Broward County election official, who was at the center of the Florida voter fraud scandal following the Midterms, will land on her feet after scoring a golden handshake pension package that will see her pull in a cool $130,000 a year once she leaves office in January.
Snipes, the elections supervisor for Broward County, Fla., resigned after coming under scrutiny for the way her office handled vote counting during the November 6 election.
75-year-old Snipes already receives $58,000 in a pension for her time as an educator, but according to the Sun-Sentinel, she will hit the jackpot for her 15 years as an elected official by scooping an additional $71,000 a year.
Despite many demanding justice for the alleged election fraud, Snipes will, instead, settle into retirement with a $129,000 a year in pensions.
Judge Jeanine Pirro slammed Snipes for her handling of the election, calling for "justice."
"Do you think a woman who doesn’t tally or canvass along the way, who loses thousands of ballots, who doesn’t want to turn them in in 30 minutes after the polls are closed like 3,139 other counties do should be trusted?”
“Folks, this is lunacy,” Pirro continued.
“Voter fraud is insidious. It causes people to think their vote doesn’t matter.
"But it’s worse than that, folks. There are reportedly transcripts now that prove that when the Democrats say they want every vote counted they mean it.
"Yes, that’s what I said. But it’s not just your votes. It’s illegals’ votes that some lawyers in these canvassing hearings for Democrats want counted.”
According to Fox News, Snipes said she's now ready to "pass the torch" to someone else.
"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 Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
"Therefore, I request that you accept my letter of resignation effective January 4, 2019."
Her resignation came amid heavy criticism for her office’s handling of the recount of a Senate race between incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Scott, who was declared the winner. (Scott was not allowed to seek re-election as governor because of the state's term-limit laws.)
Broward County failed to turn in the recount results by the state’s deadline, lost thousands of ballots and opened 205 provisional early-voting ballots before their validity was determined.
“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,” said Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan government watchdog group based in Tallahassee.
Republicans from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who appointed Snipes in 2003, to Sen. Marco Rubio and Scott called for her to resign.
President Trump said she should be fired.
Snipes was also found to have destroyed ballots in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's 2016 Democratic primary race against Tim Canova.
Once she walks away from her $178,865-a-year-job, Snipes will be eligible for cost-of-living increases averaging between 2 and 3 percent.
The average annual pension for elected officials in the state’s retirement plan for last year was $53,223, the paper reported.
“While she’s entitled to it, a lot of Floridians are resentful of it,” Calabro said.
On Tuesday, Trump trolled Snipes on Twitter after a photo of her with dozens of "I Voted" stickers on her face and clothing began circulating on social media.
Brenda Snipes, in charge of voting in Broward County, Florida, was just spotted wearing a beautiful dress with 300 I VOTED signs on it. Just kidding, she is a fine, very honorable and highly respected voting tactician!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018
"Brenda Snipes, in charge of voting in Broward County, Florida, was just spotted wearing a beautiful dress with 300 I VOTED signs on it. Just kidding, she is a fine, very honorable and highly respected voting tactician!" he tweeted.