NASA
NASA

Atlanta: NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told AP on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space -- more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station. “Ithink it's really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. "If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too." Most US astronauts live in Houston.

Texas law 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. "It's critical to participate in our democracy," Rubins said. "We consider it an honour to be able to vote from space." NASA astronauts have voted from space before. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their votes from the International Space Station.

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