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Can astronauts vote from space?

Texas law, which applies to NASA missions based at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, has allowed astronauts to vote from space since 1997. Astronauts use a digital ballot relayed by NASA to election officials on Earth. The first space ballot was cast by David Wolf from aboard the Russian space station Mir in 1997. The first presidential vote from space was cast by Leroy Chiao, aboard the International Space Station, in 2004.

Where are the first votes cast on Election Day?

The first presidential votes cast Tuesday were cast in Dixville Notch, N.H., as they have been every Election Day since 1960. Tradition holds that the town's 10 residents gather at midnight on Election Day, vote and officially close the lone polling station one minute later. The Dixville vote ended in a tie only once. That was on Tuesday, when President Obama and Mitt Romney each won five votes.

Did New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie snub Mitt Romney just before the election?

Following Superstorm Sandy, Christie toured his ravaged state with President Obama, whom he praised. Asked if Romney would visit, Christie said he didn't know and didn't care. He then skipped a Romney rally just across the border in Pennsylvania. Christie said he's just busy being governor and that Romney was understanding when they talked. Any talk of tensions, he said, comes from "know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers."

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