Woman In Labor Stopped To Vote Before Going To The Hospital

Woman In Labor Stopped To Vote Before Going To The Hospital

The incident happened on October 24 in Florida when the woman's husband arrived at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando.

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When a Florida woman went into labour she rushed to the hospital not before pausing on the way to do something important - to cast her vote. On October 27, a man arrived at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando to request "a vote-by-mail ballot for his wife, who was in labour in the car outside," revealed an officer in a statement to CNN. "I have not seen anything like this before, but our job is to make sure that every eligible voter votes," shared Karen Briceño González, who works in the voter service department. "No matter the circumstances, we're going to ensure that they vote even if it's someone in labour in a car."


When the man arrived at the counter with this unique and urgent request, Briceño González was working there at the time. "I was helping at the counter with the voters for early voting and I got a gentleman handing me 2 driver's licenses," recalled Briceño González. "I was telling him, 'No, I just need yours. If the other person wants to come in and vote, they can.' And he said, 'No, you don't understand. My wife's going to have a baby.'" Apparently, the woman was adamant about casting her vote before going to the hospital. "She said, 'No, no, no. I need to fill it out right now,'" said Briceño González.


Complying with the unusual request Briceño González immediately printed off a vote-by-mail ballot and made her way towards the car where she verified the pregnant woman. Briceño González said that woman in labour, who had not been identified, remained "calm" while filling out her ballot as the election worker waited outside. "She just thanked me and was like, 'Oh my gosh, thank you for making it so easy,'" remembered Briceño González. "It wasn't a lot of conversation. I think she was concentrating on herself." Before heading back into the polling office,  Briceño González handed the woman voting stickers.


"We want to facilitate every other voter that is eligible to vote, the right to vote no matter their circumstances, no matter the situation. I understand the importance of this election to some people. I gave her an 'I voted sticker,' and the little girl that she had in the car," she shared according to ABC13. "I also gave the little girl a flag, and they were off." Briceño González is very proud of her job and was happy that she got the opportunity to help the pregnant woman cast her vote. "I was happy to print out the ballot and just make sure that I made it as easy as possible so she could go ahead and go to the hospital," shared the officer. "I just wanted to make sure that as an American citizen that she got to vote." An election clerk, Eileen Deliz, said that the pair never mentioned why the woman waited until she was in labor to cast the vote.




"Maybe she wanted to come in person at one point and that’s why she was waiting, who knows. But she wouldn’t go to the hospital until she voted," said Deliz, according to The Guardian. "We are very, very busy, but when something like that happens it just makes our day. Every election cycle brings us a great little story," added Deliz. Furthermore, they noted that the woman's husband drove her to a hospital in Orlando. Although the election office did not stay in touch with the women, they did wish her well. " In an email to CNN, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office spokeswoman Danaë Rivera-Marasco said, "She has not been identified -- but we hope she and baby are doing great!"

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