NASA astronaut Kate Rubins has cast her ballot from space

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins votes from the ISS “If we can

A 1997 Texas law gives astronauts authority to cast their vote during "spaceflight", which will be forwarded from Mission control to the county clerk's space station. She is presently on duty at the ISS and will be there during the upcoming Presidential Debate.

"I think it's really important that everyone votes", said Rubins in a video uploaded by NASA.

Because astronauts move to Houston for their training, most opt to vote as Texas residents. "It's a quick process, and the astronaut must be sure to submit it by 7 p.m. local time on Election Day if voting as a Texas resident".

A female astronaut from the United States of America who is now in the International Space Station casted her vote from space!

The post featured a photograph of Rubins, her blonde hair floating in the zero-gravity environment, in front of a white enclosure with a paper sign that reads 'ISS voting booth'. Like many great things in space, voting starts with an experiment. However, she was not the first NASA astronaut to vote from space. They have said that since then, several astronauts have practiced their right to vote even when they were several miles away from Earth. It's the same form military members and their families fill out while serving outside of the US.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins votes from the ISS “If we can
US astronaut Kate Rubins votes from International Space Station! Here`s how it works

Once the FCPA is approved, the county clerk who manages elections in the astronaut's home county sends a test ballot to a team at NASA's Johnson Space Center, according to NASA.

A secure electronic ballot was created on behalf of the Harris County-based clerk's office. The completed voting slip is electronically sent back to Earth for official return. "By completing this form before their commencement, the members of the space station crew indicate their intention to participate in the space election.". "The clerk has their own password to ensure they are the only one who can open the ballot".

She is no stranger to the process: Rubins cast her vote from the ISS during the 2016 election.

When an astronaut is voting from space, ballots from the particular state county where they are registered are tested on a space station training computer, before an original ballot is generated and then uploaded to the ISS with the specific credentials of each astronaut. "We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space", Rubins told AP.


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