NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station

NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station
Kate Rubins (Image: AP screen grab)

[Ed. – It’s all well and good that Rubins takes her right this seriously, but how are electronic ballots kosher? Does that mean a person can email his ballot to the government?]

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.

Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

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Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.

“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

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