Astronaut casts vote from International Space Station

In this frame grab from video shown on NASA TV, the Cygnus supply ship approaches the robot arm of the International Space Station, in preparation for capture, early Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, delivering Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts. (NASA TV via AP)
In this frame grab from video shown on NASA TV, the Cygnus supply ship approaches the robot arm of the International Space Station, in preparation for capture, early Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, delivering Christmas presents and much-needed groceries for the resident astronauts. (NASA TV via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Talk about an absentee ballot! Astronaut Shane Kimbrough has cast this vote from the International Space Station.

He’s due back from orbit in February, months after Tuesday’s election so a 1997 Texas law allows U.S. astronauts to vote from space.

For NASA astronauts, home is Houston when they’re not circling the globe.

A secure electronic ballot is forwarded to the astronauts by Mission Control in Houston and returned by email to the county clerk.

Before launch last month, Kimbrough told reporters that astronauts are “pretty much apolitical.” But Kimbrough added he’ll be “glad to welcome the new president, whoever that is.”

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