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.
“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”
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
The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot about how we are used to doing things. Most of those things might be negative, but one of the positive trends to come about from the shutdowns is the quality of food kids are eating.
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
Leading up to the election, the candidates for president and vice president have a chance to debate each other. It is a chance for both sides to argue their points and for the American people to see where the candidates stand on important issues. On October 7, Vice President Mike Pence and candidate Kamala Harris met to hold their debate.
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.
Other issues were trade with China, jobs, fracking (a way of mining for gas), and more.
And so the night continued, as most debates do, with the opponents arguing. Such is the nature of political debates.