Mom-to-be Galicia Malone wasn't about to let childbirth stop her from voting in her first presidential election.
Her water broke and contractions were about five minutes apart for the 21-year-old woman, but she stopped at Precinct 88 at New Life Celebration Church in south suburban Dolton to vote about 8:30 this morning, according to the Cook County Board of Elections.
"I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life," she told Southtown reporter Donna Vickroy. "And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter. 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."
"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."