DOLTON, Ill. — A pregnant suburban Chicago woman didn't let being in labor stop her from voting in a presidential election for the first time.
Cook County Clerk David Orr said 21-year-old Galicia Malone's water had broken and her contractions were about five minutes apart Tuesday morning when she made a detour while en route to the hospital so that she could vote at New Life Celebration Church in Dolton.
"I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life," Malone told WBBM radio in Chicago. "And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter."
Malone said she breathed through her contractions while she voted.
"I was just trying to read and breathe, read and breathe," she said. "That's what I kept telling myself ... 'Read and breathe, read and breathe."
Malone drove herself to the hospital after casting her ballot.
"If only all voters showed such determination to vote," Cook County Clerk David Orr said in a statement. "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."