For most U.S. voters, living or working far from home isn’t a barrier to voting on election day. That’s what absentee ballots are for. But what if you work someplace really far away, like say… outer space?
American astronauts get to vote just like everyone else. They just have to get that process started a whole lot earlier.
It’s all thanks to a Texas law passed in 1997, as NASA discusses in a helpful Tumblr post. (The law originates in Texas because the majority of astronauts live there, near Johnson Space Center in Houston.)
The coolest fact here: NASA calls voting from space… “space voting.” (Let’s be real, everything is inherently more awesome when you put “space” in front of it.) Read more…