A pregnant woman in labor and on her way to the hospital to give birth made a stopover at a polling station to be the first to participate in the U.S. presidential election of 2020.
The remarkable detour was reported on Tuesday at a polling station in Orange County, Florida.
According to Karen Briceño González, an employee of the district polling station, the husband of the nameless woman arrived at the office and asked his wife to vote in person on the way to the work station.
“Suddenly I have a voter in front of me who hands me two driver’s licenses,” Briceño González told WKMG.
“He had been waiting in line, and I came and told him: ‘I need your driver’s license so you can vote. He said, ‘No, you don’t understand. I have already voted.'”
The man then said to Briceño González that his wife “refuses to go to the hospital until she has voted,” and that she was waiting outside in a car to cast her vote.
When Briceño González told the pregnant woman that she could return her ballot by mail, she replied that she wanted to vote in person immediately.
She said, “No, no, no, I have to fill it out immediately. It was a strange situation, but she wanted to vote, and that was her right as an American citizen”.
Briceño González added: “She was very happy that she was allowed to vote. I hope that the baby is safe, and she is safe, and that they are sure that her ballot was placed in the ballot box and that her vote will be counted.
said Election Secretary Eileen Deliz: “Maybe she wanted to come in person at some point, so she waited, who knows. But she did not want to go to the hospital before she voted.
“We are very, very busy, but when something like this happens, it makes our day all the better. Every election cycle brings us a great little story.”
The woman was later driven to a hospital in Orlando to give birth.
Elections office staff said they were planning to give the newborn a romper suit with the words “first vote” written on it.
Millions of Americans have already spoken out in the U.S. presidential elections-either through early voting or through postal votes.
A Pew Research Center study published this month found that Donald Trump supporters are more than twice as likely as Joe Biden supporters to personally cast their ballots on election day (50 percent vs. 20 percent).
More than three-quarters (77 percent) of Biden supporters said they were very or reasonably confident that personally cast votes would be counted as intended by voters, compared with less than half of Trump supporters (36 percent).