NASA astronaut to cast vote from space station

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to exercise her right to vote during the 2020 presidential election, though she will be in space during that time.
  • Rubins says if they can vote from space, people on the ground can definitely do it too.
  • Her vote will be securely relayed to Mission Control, which will then forward it to the county clerk.

Kate Rubins, a NASA astronaut, will be onboard the International Space Station during the 2020 presidential election. Being over 200 miles above the surface of the Earth isn’t going to stop her from voting though, according to The Associated Press.

Rubins believes that it is important that everybody casts their vote and a little thing like low-earth orbit isn’t going to stop her from exercising her right.

“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

Rubins and two other astronauts are stationed in Star City, Russia. They’re preparing for their October trip into space, which will include a six-month-long stay at the ISS.

She considers it an honor to be able to vote from space and that it’s “critical” for people to participate in the democracy of their country.

Election law in Houston, where the majority of United States astronauts live, allows astronauts to vote even while they’re out in space.

This is going to be made possible through a secure electronic ballot that will be relayed to Mission Control. It will then be forwarded to the county clerk.

This isn’t the first time that Rubins is doing this too. Both she and another astronaut, Shane Kimbrough, cast their votes from space back in 2016.

Rubins’ six-month stay in the ISS will also coincide with the 20th anniversary celebrating the continuous human presence in the station. Around late October, she will also be welcoming the second SpaceX group into the space station.

Source: New York Post

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