Chicago’s Galicia Malone stopped at Precinct 88 in Chicago to vote this morning, just like a lot of other citizens…except she was on her way to the hospital to give birth to her first child. And (as if there needs to be an ‘and’) her contractions were just five minutes apart. If she can fill out her ballot while in labor, I think the rest of us can make it to the polls (and deal with the lines).
At 21, this was the first election in which Malone was able to vote so, despite going into labor at 3 am, she she stopped at New Life Celebration Church at around 8:30 am to make sure she got her chance to cast a ballot. She told CBS Chicago:
I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life. And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter.
But as her contractions started coming just five minutes apart, it wasn’t easy:
I was just trying to read and breathe, read and breathe. That’s what I kept telling myself, ‘Read and breathe, read and breathe.’
Between Hurricane Sandy and new voting rules and methods, many face difficulty voting this year. And even those who aren’t struck with unusual circumstances are complaining of long lines, confusion at the polls, and difficulty reading ballots. But Malone serves as a pretty humbling reminder that we should all be happy to be able to vote, even if it isn’t easy. As Cook County Clerk David Orr said in a statement:
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.