NASA astronaut and flight engineer Kate Rubins plans to vote from the Worldwide Area Station, NASA confirmed to CNN, the place she’ll be stationed through the voting interval.
Rubins, together with two Russian cosmonauts, will spend six months in house as a part of the Expedition 63/64 crew. Upon launch in October, Rubins will analysis “using laser-cooled atoms for future quantum sensors” and conduct cardiovascular experiments from the house station.
However she’ll make time to vote, too. She forged her vote from house in 2016, NASA stated, when she was once more researching on the house station. (Throughout that 2016 spaceflight, she grew to become the primary individual to sequence DNA in house.)
Astronauts registered to vote in Texas bought the appropriate to vote from house in 1997, when Texas lawmakers dominated they may electronically forged their poll off-planet in the event that they’d be on a spaceflight through the early-voting interval or Election Day, in accordance with the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Air and Area Museum. NASA’s Johnson Area Heart is positioned in Houston, so most astronauts are primarily based within the metropolis and registered to vote in Harris County, the place Houston is positioned.
The space-voting course of is about the identical because it was in 2008, NASA informed CNN: The Harris County Clerk’s Workplace uploads a safe digital poll to NASA’s Johnson Area Heart Mission Management Heart. NASA astronauts, utilizing particular credentials, entry their poll and forged their vote, which is delivered again to the county clerk’s workplace by electronic mail.
CNN has reached out to the Harris County Clerk’s Workplace Elections Division for extra info on how interstellar voting will work in 2020 and is ready to listen to again.