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DEAR ABBY >> Elec­tion Day is just over a month away. As it ap­proaches, many peo­ple have ques­tions about vot­ing that could keep them away from the polls this Novem­ber.

USAGov can help. We’re the fed­eral pro­gram that con­nects Amer­i­cans to gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion and ser­vices. Re­spond­ing to ques­tions from peo­ple across the coun­try, we cre­ated an on­line guide to vot­ing and elec­tions at USA. gov/vot­ing.

Our goal is to equip ev­ery­one with the ba­sic in­for­ma­tion they need to reg­is­ter and get their vote counted. The in­for­ma­tion is free, easy to un­der­stand and non­par­ti­san.

There, read­ers can be­gin the regis­tra­tion process for their state or con­tact their lo­cal elec­tion of­fice to up­date their voter in­for­ma­tion, learn what form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion may be needed and the lo­ca­tion of their polling place. We also pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on how to vote early or ab­sen­tee — which is help­ful for those who can’t get out to vote, or who serve over­seas in the mil­i­tary. Learn about sam­ple bal­lots, tips for re­search­ing can­di­dates, ac­ces­si­bil­ity laws for vot­ers with dis­abil­i­ties and much more.

Abby, thank you for shar­ing USA.gov/vot­ing with your read­ers, and for your long part­ner­ship in con­nect­ing them with in­for­ma­tion from their gov­ern­ment to make their lives a lit­tle less com­pli­cated. — Nancy Tyler, se­nior edi­tor, USA.gov

DEAR NANCY >> You are wel­come. Read­ers, in the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, less than half (42 per­cent) of Amer­i­cans who were el­i­gi­ble to vote did so. A per­son who has the right to vote and doesn’t is no bet­ter off than the mil­lions of peo­ple in this world who do not have that priv­i­lege. We are for­tu­nate to live in a coun­try where cit­i­zens are al­lowed to cast a bal­lot. The di­rec­tion our coun­try takes do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally is to a great ex­tent de­ter­mined by the cit­i­zens who ex­er­cise that right.

Reg­u­lar, ab­sen­tee and early vot­ing all have regis­tra­tion dead­lines that vary state by state — some as much as a month be­fore Elec­tion Day, which is Nov. 8. So visit the voter regis­tra­tion sec­tion of USA.gov/vot­ing, where you will find a but­ton to be­gin the regis­tra­tion process.

DEAR ABBY >> I work in an of­fice where em­ployee badges are is­sued and used to gain ac­cess to the build­ing it­self and to more sen­si­tive ar­eas. I know most of the peo­ple who work here and hap­pily hold the door open for them, but there are also a lot of peo­ple I don’t know — some with badges in­di­cat­ing they work here, and oth­ers with­out iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

I don’t want to let in some­one who does not be­long here and risk our safety and se­cu­rity. Would it be bet­ter to ask for ID be­fore hold­ing doors? What about friendly vis­i­tors? — Build­ing ac­cess in Boise

DEAR BOISE >> Com­pa­nies pay large sums of money to en­sure their build­ings are se­cure. If some­one doesn’t have an ac­cess card or a se­cu­rity badge, you should not hold the door open re­gard­less of how friendly the per­son ap­pears to be. To do oth­er­wise cir­cum­vents the se­cu­rity and safety of the build­ing and puts ev­ery­one — in­clud­ing your­self — at risk. Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Dear Abby

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