In 1789, much of America recognized the need for presidential authority and energetic leadership despite the ever-present alarm over the potentially abusive power or weak corruptibility of the office. Nothing signaled these apprehensions over the presidency more than the unanimous election of universally trusted George Washington as the new nation’s first president. To his credit, Washington understood this. Although his celebrity encouraged an elite court-like atmosphere wherever he went, Washington counteracted these tendencies early on with his opposition to a regal title. During the title controversy, he brought to his leadership both a widely admired perspective of republican reserve and a willingness to take cues from the people. By consciously mirroring the views of the majority of his countrymen and women, who disdained regal titles as he did, he encouraged public acceptance of the presidency, which added political legitimacy to the office and the new national government.
NOTE: With “absentee” voting on the rise, why even have polling places? Why not just vote by mobile app, email or online?
The two NASA astronauts, commander Sunita Williams and flight engineer Kevin Ford, onboard the International Space Station (ISS) could vote in today’s election while orbiting the Earth once every 90 minutes. However, both astronauts voted via absentee ballot before taking off for the ISS from Russia.
This system was made possible by a 1997 bill passed by Texas legislators (nearly all NASA astronauts live in or around Houston). It was first used that same year by David Wolf, who happened to be aboard Russia’s Mir space station at the time.
Wolf voted in a local election in 1997.
Leroy Chiao was the first American to vote in a presidential election from space while commanding the ISS Expedition 10 mission in 2004.
No matter the distance from home, you too, should exercise your right to vote if you are in any democracy or republic.
For us in America this is a…
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