Friday, June 08, 2007

How Much Does You Supervisor Of Elections Make?

Advancement Project Survey Reveals High
Compensation for Many Election Officials
A new Advancement Project survey finds that state and local election officials are often paid annual salaries in excess of $100,000 for the critical work of ensuring fair and open elections. Yet, too often, election officials fail to perform adequately, with the dramatic results seen in the disenfranchisement of millions of voters on Election Day because of antiquated voting equipment, hanging chads, error-ridden lists, unfair purges, arbitrary deadlines and other problems. This type of structural disenfranchisement more often harms people of color and the poor.
    To assist communities in holding election officials accountable, Advancement Project's recent survey provides the names, terms of office, and salaries of election officials in Florida . We encourage and challenge democracy advocates in other states  to collect similar information and to get to know their officials up front and personal to determine whether they are protecting and advancing the best interests of the communities they serve.
Communities seeking to hold governments accountable for outcomes such as better schools and healthier communities also must hold governments accountable for the quality of elections. Just as voting is fundamental as an exercise of political power to improve neighborhoods, the quality of election officials is fundamental to the right to vote. Many of the ballot blockers that continue to cause structural disenfranchisement in elections actually violate federal and state laws, including the Voting Rights Act and NVRA.
Despite their tremendous power, the criteria and process for the selection of election officials generally have not often been widely known. Heightened awareness and public scrutiny is paramount. Advancement Project encourages voters and their advocates to demand answers from their election officials. Pressure from voters often will motivate election officials to do better. And, if not, Advancement Project's survey shows that voters generally hold the power to replace any election official who does not meet their expectations.

1 comment:

Vox Populi said...

LOL!!! Our last voting spvr is now our mayor. What does that say?? The new guy votes himself raises and fires people and buys silence. No, seriously. He gave his assistant some huge HUGE raise ...


Hillsborough County.

I believe he'll be the next mayor if the pattern persists.