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Register to vote today, then vote, annoy the pundits

Californians cannot vote on Nov. 4, if they don’t register to vote.

And if you aren’t registered to vote, Monday is the deadline for filling out the registration application. It’s as simple as going online and typing in an easy-to- remember address, registertovote.ca.gov.

If you’ve moved since you last voted and dragged your feet about updating your registration, or never gotten around to registering, the time to take care of it is now.

You don’t need a photo ID to register, it costs nothing and it won’t take more than a few minutes.

Pundits predict that turnout on Nov. 4 will be dreadfully low, maybe 45 percent. That’d be pathetic, although it’s also somewhat understandable.

Californians will have no say in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate, and Gov. Jerry Brown almost certainly will defeat his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari.

But there are important matters to decide. Voters will decide Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond that could help in future droughts, and Proposition 2, which could help avert future state budget crises. They’re not quite the stuff of culture wars of past elections. But Propositions 1 and 2 do matter to the future of the state.

In Sacramento, people will decide Measure L, a far-reaching proposition that would grant the mayor greater power and restructure city government.

In Davis, two school board slots are open. People in Rancho Cordova will decide sale taxes hikes. In El Dorado County, voters will have their say on growth.

The race between Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and his challenger, former Congressman Doug Ose, R-Sacramento, is drawing national attention, and could be decided by a few hundred votes.

To the east, veteran Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, faces a challenge from Iraq War veteran Art Moore, a Republican from Auburn who hopes to cobble together victory by appealing to Republicans tired of McClintock, independents and Democrats.

You won’t be able to vote unless you’re registered. So take a few minutes from your busy schedule, and fill out the form at registertovote.ca.gov. If your computer is down, stop by the DMV or county registrar of voters.

And whether you vote by mail, or go to your polling place, cast your ballots, if for no other reason than to prove the pundits wrong.

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