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NASA astronaut cast his vote while in space

By T.K. Randall
November 14, 2016 · Comment icon 4 comments

It is now possible to vote while orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour. Image Credit: NASA
Being high up above the planet didn't stop astronaut Shane Kimbrough from casting his vote last week.
The Expedition 50 commander became the latest NASA astronaut to vote from space thanks to special procedures put in place to enable astronauts to participate in elections.

Kimbrough, who is currently the only US citizen in outer space, managed to complete the process without having to worry about waiting in the queue at the polling station.

"For astronauts, the voting process starts a year before launch, when astronauts are able to select which elections (local/state/federal) that they want to participate in while in space," NASA wrote.
"Then, six months before the election, astronauts are provided with a standard form: the 'Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request - Federal Post Card Application.'"

The bill enabling astronauts to vote was passed by Texas legislatures back in 1997 and the first person to take advantage of it was NASA's David Wolf while he was aboard the Mir space station.

The concept has been affectionately referred to as "vote while you float".

Source: AOL News | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by MJNYC 8 years ago
Glad they can vote! 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Athena1979 8 years ago
So, he's the one that won the Trump electoral vote for his "state" of space. I demand a recount! jk
Comment icon #3 Posted by Chaldon 8 years ago
Sadly enough, he didn't cast his vote INTO space. When choosing between two idiots that is the best way to vote.
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Since absentee ballots have to be signed by a witness not related to the voter, I wonder who was his witness or if that was even the case.

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