Hour 1 - Christina Tobin (Founder and Chairman of FreeAndEqual.Org) on broadening electoral choices, and to promote their Fourth Annual Electoral Reform Symposium in Glendale, CO
Hour 2-3 - Dr. Phranq Tamburri In Studio for The Trump Report - Tarzan Keith stops by to join the conversation
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Founder and Chair of Free and Equal Elections Foundation and President and CEO of Free and Equal, Inc.
'All elections shall be Free & Equal'
More Voices, More Choices
Founder & Chair
Christina Tobin loves to fight the good fight… for US voters. She's making a career of helping honest, earnest candidates to run for political office.
In the course of her work, she decided to mainstream her efforts. In order to shift power back to individual voter, Tobin founded The Free & Equal Elections Foundation, a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to creating open and transparent elections in 2008. Free and Equal is the platform that's helping thousands of citizens work together, who want to clean up politics for once and for all.
A bit of background about Tobin. In the 2004 presidential election, Tobin defended 29,000 signatures in Illinois for Ralph Nader when he ran as an independent, while still in college. Through this, she'd had a strong taste of politics. She wondered if there wasn't a better way.
In the same year, she successfully defended 39,000 signatures for Rich Whitney, the Green Party candidate for Illinois governor. In 2008, Tobin served as Ralph Nader's national ballot access coordinator, helping to collect more than 500,000 signatures to put Ralph Nader on the District of Columbia and 45 state ballots. She also organized the first alternatively-televised Presidential debate.
In 2010, Tobin organized a series of debates for Illinois gubernatorial candidates. Increasing visibility of alternative candidates by providing debate forums is part of Tobin's larger strategy to inspire passionate activists and young people, who do not have major money sources, to run for public office. By 2011, Tobin served as Vice President of Taxpayers United of America. Her work exposed big pension payouts in Illinois and 12 other states.
For the 2012 Presidential Election cycle, Tobin moderated a Presidential debate with media personality Larry King, broadcasting around the world by RT TV, Al-Jazeera and C-SPAN. The debates provided a venue for four U.S. presidential candidates from the Constitution, Green, Justice, and Libertarian parties to address topics that the mainstream debates left out. It became a Top 10 Trend on Twitter. (Tobin holds the record for moderating the most state and national election debates in the United States).
Currently, Tobin is organizing a follow-up to Free and Equal's successful 2014 United We Stand Festival. The UWS Fests will feature celebrities, leaders and speakers, musical performers, artists and intellectuals who are socially and politically engaged.
Tobin's dream has always been, to bring more voices and more choices to the U.S. political arena.
Free & Equal Election's Fourth Annual Electoral Reform Symposium
Please join us in person OR Live-Stream
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 from 9 AM - 5 PM MT at Infinity Park at Glendale, CO Cherry Creek Room
Co-hosted by Fair Elections for Colorado
2017 Electoral Reform Speakers TBA!
See our list of speakers below who participated last year during our third annual 2016 Electoral Reform Symposium at Infinity Park:
Sec. of State Williams, Nation's Leading Electoral Experts Gather for Urgent Symposium: Topics Include Election Fraud, Voting Machines, Ballot Access, Two-Party System, Value of Electoral College
9:30-10:30am Sec of State of CO Asst Wayne Williams
10:30-11:30am Alternative Voting Methods Panel
Approval Voting - Frank Atwood
The Center for Election Science - Aaron Hamlin or Andy Jennings
FairVote - Rob Richie
See POLITICAL - Nate Kaplan
Voter - Hunter Scarborough
12:30-1:00pm LUNCH BREAK
FOOD & BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED
1:00-2:00 2016 Presidential Candidates
Addressing Electoral Reform
Constitution Party - Darrell Castle
Independent - Roque De La Fuente
2:00-3:00 Voting Methods Panel
ElectionQuality.com - Harvie Branscomb
Follow My Vote - Adam Kaleb Ernest
DefendtheVote.com - Sharon Meroni
3:00-4:00 Ballot Access/Election Reform Panel
Free and Equal Elections - Christina Tobin
ElectionQuality.com - Harvie Branscomb
Approval Voting - Frank Atwood
Ballot Access News - Richard Winger
As a polarized country grapples with an election that offered the two most unpopular candidates in history, many of the nation's leading electoral reform experts will come together for The Free and Equal Elections Foundation's Third Annual Electoral Reform Symposium.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 9 AM - 5 PM MT at Infinity Park at Glendale, CO Cherry Creek Room. The timing of the conference is especially critical as a nationwide movement is underway to abandon the electoral college.
The goal of the conference is to discuss answers to what many observers believe to be a current broken system. Founder Christina Tobin has invited top experts from the nation to come together and offer advice on how we as a country can fix politics to work for us, not against us as it has for so long.
Secretary of State of Colorado Mr. Wayne Williams is a keynote speaker scheduled to speak at 9:30AM MST.
Frank Atwood of Approval Voting, Aaron Hamlin of The Center for Election Science (Live Stream). Rob Richie of FairVote (Live Stream) will discuss how Maine became the first state in the country to pass rank choice voting.
Richard Winger of Ballot Access News (Live Stream) will share news and views from his rich perspective of studying ballot law changes over the last thirty years.
Harvie Branscomb of Election Integrity will discuss voting systems such as internet voting and vote-by-mail ballots. Adam Kaleb Ernest of Follow My Vote (Live Stream) will speak about the dangers of electronic voting machines and the solution to end the fraud they perpetrate.
Hunter Scarborough of Voter (Live Stream) and Nate Kaplan of SeePolitical (Live Stream) will share what steps can be taken to make voting easier and understand the initiative process.
Organizers also plan to showcase the interesting, diverse views and solutions from the 2016 presidential candidates of the Constitution Party Darrell Castle (Live Stream) and Independent candidate of the Reform and Delta American Party Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente (Live Stream).
Additional topics which will be addressed include the electoral college, popular vote, money in politics, gerrymandering, opening the debates and igniting a movement inspiring individuals to run for local and Congressional races beginning in 2018
Organizers are also developing an Election Assistant App to assist and inform voters of all their individual candidate choices and information to help voters make a conscious voting decision - not just from two parties. Coming in 2017.
Free and Equal has a history of organizing engaging events that thousands have looked to that educate, inform and inspire voters to get involved in the political process.
This event will be webcast live at www.freeandequal.org & on The Free and Equal Elections Foundation FB page. Open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 9 AM - 5 PM MT at Infinity Park at Glendale, CO Cherry Creek Room