Like 50 million Americans, Kate Rubins voted early in the presidential election. But the 42-year-old is probably the only one to vote from space. A photo of the astronaut was shared on NASA's Twitter account Thursday. "On board the International Space Station: I voted today", it is written in the caption.
Kate Rubins voted through a secure electronic voting booth that appears in the snapshot. The astronaut strikes a pose, his hair floating in weightlessness. "I think it's really important that everyone votes," Kate Rubins said last month according to US news agency AP. "If we can do it from space, then I think people will get there from below," she concluded.
From the International Space Station: I voted today— NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts) October 22, 2020
— Kate Rubins pic.twitter.com/DRdjwSzXwy
In 2016, she had also voted from space.
The rules for voting in the United States vary from state to state, but in Texas, where American astronauts are based, a law was passed in 1997 to explicitly provide for the procedure for voting from space.