NASA astronaut and flight engineer Kate Rubins plans to vote from the International Space Station, NASA confirmed to CNN, where she will be stationed during the voting period.
Rubins, along with two Russian cosmonauts, will spend six months in space as part of the Expedition 63/64 crew. At launch in October, Rubins will investigate “the use of laser-cooled atoms for future quantum sensors” and conduct cardiovascular experiments from the space station.
But he will also find time to vote. He cast his vote from space in 2016, NASA said, when he was again doing research at the space station. (During that 2016 space flight, she became the first person to sequence DNA in space.)
Astronauts registered to vote in Texas were granted the right to vote from space in 1997, when Texas lawmakers ruled that they could vote electronically off-planet if they were on a space flight during the early voting period or on Monday. elections, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. NASA’s Johnson Space Center is located in Houston, so most astronauts are based in the city and have registered to vote in Harris County, where Houston is located.
The space voting process works like this, NASA told CNN: The Harris County Secretary’s Office loads a secure electronic card into NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control Center. NASA astronauts, using specific credentials, log into their ballot paper and cast their vote, which is delivered by email to the county clerk’s office.
CNN has contacted the Election Division of the Harris County Secretary’s Office for more information on how interstellar voting will work in 2020 and is awaiting a response.