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US: NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough casts his Ballot from Space on Election Day

A 1997 Texas law allows astronauts away from the earth to vote on the election day, provided they request their ballots one year before launch

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Expedition 47 backup crew member, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough answers a question from the press ahead of his Soyuz qualification exams with Russian cosmonauts Andre Borisenko, and Sergei Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Washington, November 8, 2016: Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the only US citizen in space on Election Day, cast his vote from the International Space Station (ISS), Nasa said on Tuesday.

Kimbrough, 45, who arrived on board the ISS in mid-October, exercised his right to vote from the space platform orbiting the Earth at 27,000 km per hour.

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“An electronic and secure ballot is sent to the member of the ISS crew from the clerk in his county. (The astronaut) fills in the form and returns it electronically. It’s all secure. It is all private,” Efe news agency cited a Nasa statement.

A 1997 Texas law allows astronauts away from the earth to vote on the election day, provided they request their ballots one year before launch.

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Before launching on a four-month mission, Kimbrough said it was going to be special, being able to say ‘I voted from space’, Daily Mail reported.

Astronauts are ‘pretty much apolitical’, he told reporters last month, adding that he would be glad to welcome the new President, whoever it might be.

Previous US crewmember on board the ISS, astronaut Kate Rubins, also voted from space before returning to the earth last week. (IANS)

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Snapchat Announces Launch of Tools and Polling Information for Indian Voters

The photo-messaging app released its rebuilt app for Android users on Monday, in a bid to bring performance for the Android version up to par with the iOS version

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An image of the Snapchat logo created with Post-it notes is seen in lower Manhattan, New York, May 18, 2016. VOA

Aiming to encourage people ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, photo-messaging app Snapchat on Wednesday announced the launch of tools and polling information for Indian voters.

Educating its users about the resources provided by the Election Commission, the company said in a statement: “On April 10, a ‘Team Snapchat’ Snap will also be sent to remind people to look up when their constituency is voting, and Snapchat will also send a Snap in each individual state that includes a link to polling location information hosted on the Election Commission of India’s portal.”

Snapchat has also designed a range of tools including filters, stickers, Bitmoji, lenses, and Snap Map integrations especially for the polls.

Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch more "Lenses" that will react to sounds over the coming weeks.
Snapchat. IANS

“Snapchatters can also use lenses and filters to express themselves on issues around the elections and share them with friends.

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“Snap Map will offer a new way for its Indian community to check their online voter roll, look up when their State Constituency is voting and encourage them to cast their vote with a ready link to the polling location,” the company statement added.

The photo-messaging app released its rebuilt app for Android users on Monday, in a bid to bring performance for the Android version up to par with the iOS version. (IANS)