Astronauts cast votes from space with digital ballot
(CNN) - Every vote counts, including absentee ballots cast from the Earth's orbit.
Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston emails a digital version of the ballot up to astronauts in the International Space Station.
When the ballot is complete, it comes back down to Earth on the same path.
The ballot is then sent to the voting authorities.
This system was made possible by a 1997 bill passed in Texas.
Most astronauts live in or near Houston.
A 2009 study by the Pew Research Center found that only 9 percent of scientists self-identified as conservative, while 52 percent called themselves liberals. Only 6 percent of American scientists self-identified as Republicans.
If the government would put that much effort into making sure the rest of us can as well.