Kate Rubins is a NASA astronaut that’s currently at the International Space Station. Rubins cast her vote in the US Presidential election from space.
The NASA Astronauts Twitter page shared a photo of Rubins next to the ‘International Space Station (ISS) Voting Booth’, and captioned it with ‘From the International Station: I voted today’.
From the International Space Station: I voted today
— Kate Rubins pic.twitter.com/DRdjwSzXwy
— NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts) October 22, 2020
Rubins will remain in space well beyond the 3 November election, as she was launched alongside two Russian cosmonauts on 14 October. She told the Associated Press prior to her launching that she thinks it’s really important for everyone to vote.
“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.
It’s critical to participate in our democracy. We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”
She managed to cast her vote through a form of absentee ballot procedure. Texas laws allow its resident to fill out their ballot with the address ‘low Earth orbit’, and as most astronauts live in Houston, Rubins was able to cast her vote.
Rubins also cast her vote in the 2016 election from the ISS. The ballot is generated by a clerk’s office in Harris County, the home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and they’re sent via email to the ISS.