NASA Astronaut Casting Ballot From Space + Voting Help
Now you have no excuse not to participate in voting this year. It is one of the craziest years on record in the US and the world and this year holds huge consequences, good and bad. It is imperative to vote this year and if NASA astronaut Kate Rubins can do it from space. We can do it from Earth.
Kate is currently prepping for a six month stay at the International Space Station. Since it is near the main space station, most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. With that, Texas has a special law that allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.
She told the Associated press "I think it’s really important for everybody 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.”
Here are some things to know about voting on November 3rd, from land ;)
2020 Presidential Election Voting Requirements:
- U.S. Citizen
- Age 18 or older by or on Election Day
- Meet state residency requirements
Not sure if you are registered to vote? Check HERE
- USA.gov - You can find your local polling locations, request an absentee ballot, find out how to update your voter registration and more.
- Vote.gov - This site will take you to your state's online voter registration application.
- US Election Assistance Commission - The U.S. EAC site provide election day contact information. You can also find information about voting accessibility.
- Ballot Ready - Ballot Ready will provide you with a localized ballot guide based on your physical address. It will provide you with information on candidates and referendums so you can make an informed choice.
- 866OurVote.org - The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition provides a variety of voting resources and information.
- National Federation of the Blind - Provides a voter's guide and helpful resources for the visually impaired.
- National Association of the Deaf - Provides a voter's guide and helpful resources for the hearing impaired.
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