Kate Rubinsilla is a great vantage point to follow U.S. developments. Namely, he looks at it from a high space.
Rubins is currently working as an astronaut sent by NASA at the International Space Station with four Russian cosmonauts.
But where cosmonaut colleagues can only focus on doing daily chores, Rubins also needs to think about which candidate he wants to vote for in the U.S. presidential election on November 3rd.
Nasa cannot deprive astronauts of their right to vote. Rubins will get everything else to follow in late October when Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker related to the strength of the ISS – just right before election day.
The process works in the same way as anyone outside the United States on Election Day. The notice of advance voting must first be completed. It is easiest to do even before moving into space.
Astronaut training takes place in Houston, so most astronauts choose Texas as their voting location. The giant state has traditionally supported the Republican candidate, but it is in the fall 2020 election that it is in danger of turning to the Democrats.
Texas’s population is rejuvenating, and the importance of the minorities living there is growing. Against this background, of course, the voices of the four astronauts mean little, so they have also been able to choose their own “home state”.
The election officer then sends the election ticket to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It is still a test vote at this stage, in which the various stages are reviewed one by one. If the officer is satisfied with what he or she has seen, a formal vote will be taken.
Nasa has an electronic ballot box. Each astronaut has his or her own personal key code that allows him or her to lower his or her own voice into an otherwise dense “urn”.
In Houston, it is being received by an election officer who can access the ballot box with his own passwords. However, astronauts need to make sure they have time to vote before seven in the evening, when polls close in Texas.
Rubins voted in space as early as the 2016 election. Space voting has been possible since 1997. Nasa estimates that its importance will only grow when planning a new trip to the Moon and possibly also Mars.