When you’re about to have a baby, you’re probably in a hurry to get to the hospital ASAP, right? While some expecting parents may rush directly to get medical care, one central Florida woman had a quick errand she needed to run while she was in labor. What was so important? Her husband says she refused to go to the hospital until she handed in her ballot.
The unnamed woman made the election her priority and insisted her hubby make the detour so she could vote before she gave birth. He did as instructed, taking her to the Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando on the way to the hospital. Karen Briceno Gonzalez was working at the time and says despite being in labor, the woman was calm, but her spouse? “The husband was a little bit more nervous,” she says.
Gonzalez says when he informed her about the unusual circumstances, she and her colleagues rushed a vote-by-mail ballot out to the woman, who was waiting in the car. They expected her to fill it out later and carry on to the hospital, but she surprised them by doing it right then and walking to drop her ballot in the box herself. And Gonzalez says, “She was very happy that she got to vote.”