Every Vote Counts – Even From Space
This year, the nation is trying to prepare for voting in the age of social distancing. Many argue that everyone should vote by mail-in ballot, but many others are worried about voter fraud. However, the problems on Earth are not going to keep astronauts from voting from space.
On Oct. 14, astronaut Kate Rubins will fly to the International Space Station to cast her vote. She will use a secure electronic ballot that will be sent to Mission Control. The ballot will then be passed on to the county clerk. It works much the same as a regular absentee ballot on Earth.
Six months before an election is to take place, astronauts are given a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request – Federal Post Card Application. Their address is not where they live on Earth, but rather “low-Earth orbit.”
Even hundreds of miles away from Earth, astronauts still have the ability to have a say in elections.
The COVID Cooking Renaissance
A study from OnePoll questioned 2,000 parents of school-aged children. The results showed that seven in ten American parents have been adding more fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options for their young students. This is good news and a great change. For several months during the pandemic, processed foods like canned soups, macaroni and cheese, and cold cereals were the main things parents bought.
Parents admitted in the study that they felt guilty for feeding their kids such unhealthy foods during the COVID-19 crisis as a way to provide comfort during rough times. They’re also trying to cut out a lot of the extra sugar. Could it be parents want to reduce sugars to cut down on hyperactivity as well?
VP Debates: Politics as Usual
One of the main topics was the coronavirus and its effect on America. Harris criticized President Trump, saying the way he handled the virus was “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.” Pence defended the commander in chief, point out how he blocked travel to and from China in late January to stop the virus spreading early.
And so the night continued, as most debates do, with the opponents arguing. Such is the nature of political debates.