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Mom-to-be stops to vote on way to hospital

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Galicia Malone pauses for a photo outside New Life Celebration Church in Dolton on election day (Cook County Clerk)

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."

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Please follow up with the child's name! I hope she picks something that speaks to the great woman she is!

This woman is my hero. Literally. She went above and beyond to cast her vote, to do her civic duty, and something that certain populations in this country haven't been able to do for very long. Ms. Malone, you are an excellent example to so many people. Thank you!

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