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VIDEO: Dan Walters forecasts "wild attacks" this week before Election Day.

It's down to the wire. Expect mailers stuffing your postal box and wall-to-wall TV ads demanding your eyeballs.

As Matt Rexroad, Yolo County supervisor and Republican consultant, tweeted last week, "I don't really know congressmen (Jerry) McNerney or (Dan) Lungren -- but I am kind of sick of seeing them on my television."

Secretary of State Debra Bowen will be announcing the latest official statistics on registered voters Friday. The last certified numbers from Sept. 7 showed more than 17.2 million Californians are registered. Since then, more than 679,000 state residents have been added to the voter rolls, and county officials will be hard at work this week to finish up their eligibility check of the last-minute registrants who made the Oct. 22 deadline.

Friday's total may be a record. The record high thus far, set in February 2009, topped 17.3 million. And the vote-by-mail ballots are already streaming in.

Other examples of democracy in action include a women's rights march today to protest Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, and his votes on equal pay and other issues. That event starts at 11 a.m. at the Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville. Listed participants include California NOW president Patricia Bellasalma.

Meanwhile, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento and others are hosting a panel discussion tonight of Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 and Molly Munger's Proposition 38, two of the three tax initiatives on the ballot.

Dan Schnur, the director of the USC Unruh Institute of Politics, will moderate. Panelists include Juliet Musso, a professor of state government at USC Price School of Public Policy; John Kabateck, the co-chairman of the No on 30 campaign; Sharon Scott Dow, who's representing the Yes on 38 campaign.

The event runs from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at USC State Capital Center, 1800 I St., in Sacramento. Call 916-637-8981 for more information.

And lest you think most folks won't make it that far down the ballot, a new USC Dornsife / Los Angeles Times poll finds that 88 percent of registered voters say they vote on every race and issue, according to this Los Angeles Times blog post.


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