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October 18, 2010
AM Alert: Calling all voters

photo2.JPGAttention, procrastinators. Today's the deadline to register to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 2 general election.

The secretary of state's website reports that nearly 17 million Californians are registered to vote.

But 6.5 million Californians eligible to vote still hadn't registered by Sept. 3.

The secretary of state's office is hosting a registration drive from 11 a.m. today until midnight in hopes of changing those numbers.

Look for it at the Sacramento Convention Center on J Street between 13th and 14th streets.

You may register to vote in California if you're a U.S. citizen and a California resident, are at least 18 years old or will be by Nov. 2, are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, and have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen will release updated registration numbers on Oct. 29.

Meanwhile, our globe-trotting, tweeting governor is back in the state.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered remarks Saturday in Sacramento at the 2010 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony.

Today he'll be in Los Angeles to ceremoniously sign Senate Bill 657, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, which requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery from their supply chain.

YES ON 21: Proponents of the state parks initiative, Proposition 21, are calling for 15- to 30-second videos that urge voters to back the measure. Click here for details about the contest, which offers a $5,000 grand prize.

BIRTHDAY: A belated happy birthday to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. The Sacramento Democrat turned 51 on Friday. Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach, also celebrated a birthday over the weekend. He turned 63 on Saturday.

Photo caption: Sacramento Kings Dance Team member Katie gets out the word that today is the last day to register to vote outside Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office in Sacramento on Monday. Photo by Hector Amezcua



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