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Texas law allows astronauts to vote from space

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Astronauts show their patriotism 250 miles above the Earth. (International Space Station/Twitter)

Astronauts show their patriotism 250 miles above the Earth. (International Space Station/Twitter)

NEW YORK — Astronauts aboard the International Space Station won’t have to worry about long lines for Election Day on Tuesday.

NASA’s Tumblr explains how a Texas legislature allows astronauts to vote as they travel 17,000 miles per hour around the Earth.

Space voting was first used in 1997 when David Wolf voted in a local election.

Leroy Chaio was the first astronaut to participate in a presidential election in 2004, KSAT reports.

Astronauts select which elections they want to participate in a year before launch. They can choose if they want to vote in local, state or federal elections.

According to KSAT, county clerk staffers in Texas send an email to the astronaut. The astronaut then fills out the ballot and sends it back to be recorded.

International Space Station resident Shane Kimbrough will be the most recent astronaut to vote from space.

The only disadvantage? They won’t get an “I Voted” sticker.