With a contentious presidential race this year, 2020 voters are taking their civic duty seriously, checking and re-checking that their mail-in ballots have been received or standing in line for hours to cast their votes.
But one Florida mom may have them all beat: she made a detour on her way to the hospital to cast her vote before delivering her baby.
Karen Briceño Gonzalez, who is a poll worker at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando, told Fox 35 that on Tuesday she was approached by a man with two driver’s licenses in hand because he needed to help his wife vote.
Gonzalez initially thought that he was asking for help to request a designee ballot, but after the man explained that his wife was in labor and was waiting in the car to cast her vote, Gonzalez quickly got to work.
“He's like 'yeah, she's about to have a baby, but she won't go to the hospital to have the baby until she votes.' I was like, okay, what can I do to facilitate her to vote? Where is she? Where can I go to help?,” she shared.
Gonzalez went outside with the man to verify the woman’s voter registration, and found her “doing her one, two breathing… in between breaths.” Gonzalez gave the pregnant woman a mail-in ballot and explained that she needed to turn it in by 7 p.m. on Election Day, but Gonzalez says the woman exclaimed “'No! No! No! I need to fill it out right now.' So she filled it out.”
With an “I voted” sticker in hand, the expectant couple made their way to a hospital less than a mile away from the polling location to welcome their new bundle of joy.
“I take pride in my work, and I just wanted to make sure that she voted, and that she exercised her right before she went to the hospital,” shared Gonzalez.
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