US Election: Woman's unexpected act while in labour

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A woman on her way to the hospital to give birth has stopped to vote in the US election first.

The unnamed woman stopped by an electoral office in Orlando, in the US state of Florida, on October 27, CNN reported.

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The woman’s husband ran inside and asked for a mail-in ballot paper while his wife sat in the car in labour.

Karen Briceño González, who works at the office, told CNN the man ran inside and handed him two driver’s licences.

Left is a pregnant woman and right is a line of American voters.
A pregnant woman stopped to vote on her way to hospital. Source: Getty Images, file

She informed the man he just needed his licence as his wife wasn’t present. That’s when the man told her his wife was in the car about to have a baby.

The office told CNN the woman refused to go to hospital before casting her vote.

"I have not seen anything like this before, but our job is to make sure that every eligible voter votes," she told CNN.

She added the woman was “calm” as she filled out her form.

The woman’s desperation to get her vote is an example of great lengths people in the US are going to get to vote in the 2020 US election.

More than 100 million Americans cast votes ahead of Tuesday, according to the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, driving what is expected to the highest turnout in modern times.

Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data, told The Guardian the US state of California was on pace to break a record for the number of votes cast after more than 11 million voted before November 3.

Local election jurisdictions in the US state of Missouri predicted more than 3.2 million people to cast ballots on Tuesday, according to figures provided by the secretary of state’s office. That would amount to 75 per cent of the state’s 4.3 million registered voters.

If the predictions come true, that would be Missouri’s highest turnout rate since 1992, when 78 per cent of registered voters cast ballots in a presidential election won by Democrat Bill Clinton.

The number of registered voters has grown considerably since then. The greatest total number of ballots cast in Missouri was 2.9 million in the 2008 election when Barack Obama was elected to president.

A record number of Latinos have also voted nationally with 8.6 million already casting their votes.

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