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Christina Tobin to Speak at 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Press release from Free and Equal Elections Foundation emailed to

SAN FRANCISCO – Christina Tobin, candidate for California Secretary of State for the Libertarian Party, will speak at the 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, July 30 to August 4. The forum will be a five-day international event and will include the two-day U.S. Conference on Initiative and Referendum at the University of California Hastings College of Law. Most events will take place in the Louis B. Mayer Student Lounge at UC Hastings.

Tobin will participate in a panel titled, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Paid For and Counted: An Inside Look at the Process, from the Signatures to the Votes,” Saturday, July 31, beginning at 3:45 p.m. PT. The panel will also include Theresa Amato with Citizen Works, Rick Arnold with National Voter Outreach, Elaine Ginnold with the Marin County Registrar of Voters, and Gerald Haefner of the European Parliament. The panel will be moderated by Nicole Winger, Deputy Secretary of State in California.

Sunday, August 1, beginning at 4:45 p.m. PT, Tobin will speak to conference attendees about her involvement with election reforms across the country and the dangers of “Top Two” primaries, as well as her upcoming plans for Free and Equal Elections Foundation, of which she is CEO and founder.

“Being so close to home I wouldn’t miss this incredible conference for the world,” Tobin said. “The line-up of speakers, from Ralph Nader to Debra Bowen and John Fund to Jane Hamsher, is amazing. I am honored to be participating with such influential political minds from all over the world. The 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is sure to have a big impact on this world. I invite everyone who can make it to San Francisco this weekend or next week to join us for this important conference.”

Other panel topics at the conference will include: “Is California’s Initiative Process Ruining the State, Or Saving It?”; “Big Money vs. Direct Democracy: Who Wins?”; “Do You Dream of Electronic Signatures?”; “On the Media: Initiative & Referendum in the Court of Public Opinion”; and “Starting Over: The Challenge of Writing a New Constitution with Direct Democracy.”

“With more than 40 speakers from around the world in addition to more than 80 speakers from here in the U.S., this conference is sure to be educational for everyone interested in the initiative and referendum process or direct democracy,” Tobin said. “I plan on coming away from this event with the best practices from around the world that I can share with the people of California as their next Secretary of State. I encourage everyone who cares about the future of California to stop by the conference or at least join my campaign to help pave a better path to our tomorrow.”


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  1. Ross Ross July 30, 2010

    Mike Gravel and Ralph Nader will also be there.

  2. Andy Andy July 30, 2010

    I wonder if she’ll speak about how Sean Haugh ripped off & jerked around a bunch of petitioners in Texas and Georgia, and how Free & Equal had another failure in Georgia.

    I noticed that Sean Haugh’s name and phone number were removed from the Free & Equal petition site. This was a good move since Haugh has pissed off so many people. Sean Haugh is really getting a (much deserved) bad reputation in the petition business for being a liar, a rip off artist, and an emotional basket case who throws temper tantrums like child.

    There’s a rumor going around that Sean Haugh was fired from Free & Equal. Hopefully that rumor will turn out to be true. It is blatantly obvious that Sean Haugh should never be put in charge of a petition drive, or anything else for that matter.

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