Nothing was going to keep Chicago mom-to-be Galicia Malone from voting this morning. Not even labor pains! She stopped by her local polling station this morning to cast her vote -- on the way to the hospital to give birth to her baby. Her water had already broken by the time she arrived at her voting station at 8:30 a.m.
Cook County Clerk David Orr was impressed. "If only all voters showed such determination to vote. My hat goes off to Galicia for not letting anything get in the way of voting. What a terrific example she is showing for the next generation, especially her new son or daughter." I'm impressed, too! But then -- is it really that crazy a thing to do while in labor?
Any of us who have given birth know that labor can go on for hours and hours -- days, sometimes. Why not vote? You've got plenty of time. And as long as your labor is progressing normally, one of the best things you can do is stay active and moving around. Plus, what an amazing story she'll have to tell her future kid! Can you imagine? Not only born on election day, but your mother voted right before giving birth to you.
But we also know that sometimes labor can accelerate suddenly. And then poof: Baby is right there. Nobody wants to actually give birth right there at the polling station. And I know doctors get kind of anxious about getting you into the hospital quickly once your water is broken because you're more vulnerable to infections. So Galicia was kind of taking a risk. But it turned out all right (well, she left the polling station still pregnant, anyway). She says her contractions were five minutes apart when she voted.
I probably would have done the same exact thing if I were Galicia. In fact, one of our Stir editors' mother also voted while she was in labor.
Of course, now that Galicia has done this, her new son or daughter will never have an excuse not to vote. Can't you just hear it? "What do you mean you're not voting? I voted when I was IN LABOR WITH YOU!" That kid is voting when he or she is old enough to, I tell you.
Would you go ahead and vote if you were in labor on election day?
Image via Cook County Clerk's Office