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How astronauts will vote today from the International Space Station?

How astronauts will vote today from the International Space Station?

In today’s NASA found on the will have the opportunity to vote in the U.S. presidential election. They will do hundreds of miles above the nearest voting location on Earth. They will vote from orbit and NASA explained how to do it.

Under termed as “final absentee ballot”, astronauts living on the station receives a digital version of their vote, which is transmitted by the Mission Control Center from the Johnson Space Agency in Houston. Once completed ballots are sent back to Earth on the same route. According to NASA spokesman Jay Bolden:

The astronauts sent back to Mission Control. This is a sure vote is sent directly to the electoral authorities.

A system has been made possible by a 1997 bill passed by lawmakers in Texas, as in Houston or the surrounding area is where the majority of NASA astronauts. In fact, this year was the first vote by David Wolf, who was aboard the Mir station.

They are currently in the Expedition 33, which features two Americans among its crew of six. It is the commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. Both undertake the voting system hundreds of miles from Earth.

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