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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Tuesday, November 02, 2004

    Voting is out of this world ..  

    This from the Associated Press: Space station astronaut Leroy Chiao became the first American to vote for president from space, casting an encrypted ballot via e-mail and urging fellow countrymen to go to the polls Tuesday.

    "It was just a small thing for me, but it is important symbolically to show that every vote does count," said Chiao, 44, from the international space station a few hours after the polls opened 225 miles below

    His ballot traveled via a secure e-mail connection to Mission Control in Houston, which forwarded it to the Galveston County clerk's office in Texas, where Chiao normally resides. Chiao, however, declined to say which candidate got his vote.

    Only one other American has voted before from space: astronaut David Wolf aboard Russia's Mir space station in 1997, thanks to a state law signed that year by Texas' then-governor - President Bush. The 1997 ballot included the Houston mayoral race, other city offices and local issues.

    Ain't technology grand?

    posted by Lori Aratani at 1:23 PM



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