- Astronaut Andrew Morgan, a flight engineer, has cast an early vote from space last month
- His vote was facilitated by a team from NASA and the Department of Votes services of Lawrence County in Pennsylvania
- It was revealed that it was the first vote cast from space for an election in Lawrence County
An astronaut defied gravity and cast his vote from space? Well, it’s true.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has bared that Andrew Morgan, a flight engineer, has cast an early vote from space last month. Morgan has practiced his civic duties from the space station for the Pensylvania election. Thanks to a team from the Department of Votes services of Lawrence County in Pennsylvania and NASA, who facilitated the vote.
It was reported that Morgan voted while in orbit 250 miles above the Earth after he mailed an absentee ballot application indicating that during the election, he would be at the International Space Station, low Earth orbit.
A report also revealed that the Lawrence County voting services was “initially skeptical of Morgan’s application” but phone calls then came from NASA to make arrangements. A secured email address and password was created so that Morgan can vote from space.
“A ‘fillable PDF’ file was created to be Morgan’s ballot — all he had to do as click the circle next to the name of the candidate he wanted to vote for,” a report said.
According to Ed Allison, the Lawrence County voting services director, it was the first time they ever did anything from the space station.
It was, however, noted that many astronauts have voted from space since a Texas bill was passed in 1997; making it possible to cast a vote from space. It was disclosed that the process usually takes a year before the liftoff. David Wolf was the first astronaut to vote from space aboard Russia’s Mir Space Station.