A Florida mom on Tuesday had to perform her civic duties and mom duties.
As a citizen of a nation, there are duties that one needs to do - the same thing goes with mothers.
The Florida mom stopped to vote for the presidential elections while on her way to the hospital to give birth.
The officials with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections said that the Florida mom was already in her labour when she arrived at the voting precinct with her husband on Tuesday afternoon.
Karen Briceño Gonzáles, an election worker, said that the husband of the Florida mom asked a ballot for his wife to vote on, and later on told the staff that his wife was in their car, and was already in labour.
Performing her duties
The Florida mom asked her husband to stop and vote on their way to the hospital that is about a half-mile away. The husband also mentioned that his wife won't go to the hospital yet not until she casts her vote.
The election worker said that the husband told her that his wife was about to have a baby but would not go to the hospital to have it until she votes. Gonzáles asked the husband what she can do to help his wife to vote so they can go to the hospital right away.
Gonzáles said that she quickly rushed outside to give the Florida mom her ballot, as well as to check her ID. The worker thought that the woman would fill her ballot out later, giving her a mail-in vote that she could send in by 7 p.m. on November 3. But to her and everyone's surprise, the Florida mom did some controlled Lamaze breathing that she was able to fill the ballot out right away.
The Florida Mom
Gonzáles shared that the Florida mom insisted on casting her vote that day, saying that she refuses to go to the hospital for her to fill out her ballot that same day. Gonzáles gave her an "I VOTED" sticker, and the Florida mom and her husband went off to the hospital.
Eileen Deliz, another early voting clerk for the supervisor's office, said that the couple did not speak and did not explain why the woman waited until she was in labour to cast her vote. Deliz shared her thoughts and said that maybe the pregnant woman wanted to come in-person at one point. That is why she was waiting, but she would not go to the hospital not until she voted.
At the polling precinct
The unexpected situation sent a bunch of smiles to everyone in the election precinct and all the workers.
Deliz said that they were all swamped, to the point that when something like that happens, it just makes their day. She added that every election cycle brings them an extraordinary and memorable little story.
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