American Astronaut Votes from Space

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Griffin Brumbelow, Writer

 

In an unprecedented move, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins voted early from space last week. Rubin is the only American voter not currently on Planet Earth. She is currently on the International Space Station some 200 miles above the Earth. Incredibly, she also voted from space during the 2016 election.

Voting from space is not that easy, it seems. According to CNN, “The space-voting process works like this- The Harris County Clerk’s Office uploads a secure electronic ballot to NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control Center. NASA astronauts, using specific credentials, access their ballot and cast their vote, which is delivered back to the county clerk’s office by email.” Americans are truly going to great lengths to cast their ballots this year.