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Tobin for California Secretary of State

March 29, 2010 11:15 ET

Christina Tobin Announces Plan for Saving Californians' Tax Dollars

Tobin, Libertarian Candidate for California Secretary of State, Proposes Four Plans to Save Money and Reduce Government Waste

MILL VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - March 29, 2010) -  Christina Tobin, Libertarian Party candidate for Secretary of State of California, today announced four plans to save Californians' tax dollars and reduce government waste.

"California faces a crushing $20 billion deficit. It is imperative that every state and local government agency find ways to save taxpayer dollars in the programs it administers," stated Tobin.

Tobin's four methods for saving taxpayer dollars include:

  1. Support all-mail voting. According to The San Diego County Registrar of Voters, San Diego County would save $3 million per election if all-mail voting was implemented. Because San Diego County casts 9 percent of the state vote, California could presumably save $33 million per election. In even years with two statewide elections, potentially $66 million could be saved.

  2. Allow small, qualified parties to nominate by convention, if they wish. By permitting the Libertarian Party to nominate by convention instead of by primary (assuming all-mail voting has not been implemented), California would save $2 million per election year.

  3. Abolish the tiny petitions for candidates seeking a place on the primary ballots for partisan office. In Washington State, anyone can file for office by going to the Secretary of State's website, filling out the online declaration of candidacy form, and paying the filing fee with a credit card. The election officials of California must spend tens of thousands of hours dealing with these small petitions that are now required to get on the primary ballot.

  4. Rather than requiring independent candidates obtain 173,000-plus signatures to get on the ballot, let them on the November ballot by paying a filing fee. This simple change would save tax dollars and make elections fair to the 21% of California voters who are registered outside of any qualified party. This change would also reduce the need and cost of checking names on independent candidate petitions. With more independents running, the government would earn revenue from the filing fees.

"I am proposing these methods to save taxpayer money in the area of election administration," continued Tobin. "So far, I am the only candidate for Secretary of State with concrete proposals to save money."

About Christina Tobin
Christina Tobin is the founder & chairman of The Free and Equal Elections Foundation and the founder & chief executive officer of Free and Equal Inc. She also serves as board member for Californians for Electoral Reform (CfER). In 2008, Tobin served as Ralph Nader's national ballot access coordinator and organized the only nationally televised presidential debate to feature independent and third party candidates. Tobin is the 2010 Libertarian Party candidate for California Secretary of State.

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