This was made possible in 1997, when a bill was passed in Texas specifically intended to ensure the many astronauts would be able to vote wherever they might be. How do they cast their vote? Well, according to livescience.com astronauts residing on the orbiting lab receive a digital version of their ballot, which is beamed up by Mission Control at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Filled-out ballots find their way back down to Earth along the same path. “They send it back to Mission Control,” said NASA spokesman Jay Bolden of JSC. “It’s a secure ballot that is then sent directly to the voting authorities.” This is now even more reason for all of us on earth to not have any excuses to go cast our vote on November 6, 2012.