Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

US Elections: NASA astronaut casts lone vote from space

Deepa Dileep | November 8, 2016 10:56 am Print
The astronaut, Shane Kimbrough, has filed his ballot for the 2016 election from the International Space Station, Nasa has revealed

Although Shane Kimbrough is currently not living on the Earth and is instead aboard the International Space Station, it has not prevented him from performing his democratic duty. The Nasa astronaut has filed his ballot for the 2016 election from the space station, Nasa has revealed.

In a Tumblr post, Nasa revealed that Kimbrough was allowed to vote thanks to a 1997 Bill, passed by Texas, which established a technical voting procedure for astronauts. Unlike voters on the Earth, the voting process starts a year before launch, giving astronauts the ability to choose which elections they want to participate in while in space.

Six months before the election, astronauts are given a standard “Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request — Federal Post Card Application”, Nasa revealed.

The first astronaut to vote from space was David Wolf in 1997, who voted while living on the Russian Mir Space Station.

Millions of US voters will head to the polls on Tuesday (November 8) in a highly contested race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

 

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