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Christina Tobin to Formally Announce Candidacy for California Secretary of State
San Francisco (Feb. 19, 2010) – Christina Tobin, Founder and CEO of The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, will appear in front of the office of the Secretary of State, 1500 11th Street in Sacramento, at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 to formally kick off her campaign become the next California Secretary of State.
Tobin has secured the endorsement of the California Libertarian Party.
Christina Tobin has devoted her life to protecting the right of all people to vote and run for office, and ensuring all elections are free and equal. As Ralph Nader’s national ballot access coordinator in 2008, she has a deep knowledge and familiarity not only with California’s election law, but also alternative approaches nationwide, which California voters may consider in the future. During the 2008 Presidential election, Christina organized the only nationally televised Presidential debate to feature independent and third party candidates.
Tobin’s platform is Justice for Independents.
Tobin said, “California must stop treating independent voters as second-class citizens. California makes it almost impossible for independent candidates to get on the ballot. In California, 21% of registered voters are independents. Yet, while members of major parties who run for statewide office in California need to collect only 65 signatures, citizens registered as independents are required to collect 173,041 signatures statewide.”
Tobin will also use her campaign to oppose Proposition 14, the Top Two Primaries Act, on the California ballot in June.
About Proposition 14, Tobin said, “California voters must save voter choice in the general election by defeating Prop. 14, which would result in a November election with only Democrats and Republicans on the ballot, and even prohibit write-ins.”
The Tobin for CA campaign will also promote Instant Runoff Voting, open source voting machines and other electoral reforms designed to both increase citizen participation in government and help balance the state budget.
After her statement, Tobin will be available for questions from the media and voters.