Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Votes From Space

Here in the U.S. its Election Day. If you live here, have you voted today?

It never really occurred to me that you need special rules or laws for astronauts. Apparently you do. In 1997 the state of Texas passed a bill allowing astronauts to vote from orbit, and as most astronauts are stationed in Houston that means that they can cast their vote on election day.

All three of the Americans currently on board the International Space Station have cased their votes. Their votes came via complex, secure e-mail system from orbit, 220 miles above us. The six space shuttle astronauts currently on their way to the space station voted last week as they are scheduled to lift off tomorrow.

Live in the U.S.? Haven't voted? What's your excuse?


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