Very absentee ballots: How do astronauts vote?
Even if you’re outside the U.S., rocking the vote is relatively easy — as long as you’re on Earth. But how do you make your mark if you’re an astronaut up above?
The International Space Station has been hosting international crews for 12 years, and there are now two Americans aboard: Sunita Williams and Kevin Ford.
While both voted in Russia before they left Earth, there are provisions for astronauts who want to vote from space.
Most NASA astronauts live in Houston. A 1997 bill passed by legislators in Texas allows for digital ballots to be beamed up from Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC).
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It’s a simple procedure. Astronauts fill out the ballots, send them back to JSC, and groun… [Read more]
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