US astronaut Rubins votes from International Space Station

Vastavam web: As US gears for Presidential elections scheduled for November 3, 2020, ballots for NASA astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station have been prepared too. Infact NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, who is the only American in space and will remain so on Election Day (November 3), cast her vote from space which is more than 200 miles above Earth from aboard Crew-1. Rubins shared her voting selfie from orbit after stating before her launch earlier this month that she would cast her ballot from the International Space Station. “From the International Space Station: I voted today,” Rubins wrote in a tweet posted on Thursday (October 22).

Like other forms of absentee polling, voting from space starts with a Federal Postcard Application, or FPCA. It’s the same form military members and their families fill out while serving outside of the US. By completing it ahead of their launch, space station crew members signal their intent to participate in an election from space. Because astronauts move to Houston for their training, most opt to vote as Texas residents. Of course, NASA’s astronauts come from all over, so those wishing to vote as residents of their home states can work with their counties to make special arrangements to vote from space. In addition to absentee ballots, Texas also permits early voting; the period runs from October 13 to October 30 this year.