The poll worker who helped a Florida woman in labor vote while en route to the hospital gave new details about the encounter, and noted that every American has the right to cast their ballot — even if they’re about to give birth.
The pregnant woman, who refused to abdicate her civic duty in Florida’s election, sent her husband inside the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando on Oct. 27 to request a vote-by-mail ballot while she staved off contractions in the car.
“I was helping at the counter with the voters for early voting and I got a gentleman handing me two driver’s licenses,” Karen Briceño González, who works at the office, told CNN.
“I was telling him, ‘No, I just need yours. If the other person wants to come in and vote, they can.’ And he said, ‘No, you don’t understand. My wife’s going to have a baby.’”
The office told the outlet in a statement the woman refused to go to the hospital until she visited the polls.
“I have not seen anything like this before, but our job is to make sure that every eligible voter votes,” Briceño González said.
“No matter the circumstances, we’re going to ensure that they vote even if it’s someone in labor in a car.”
The poll worker didn’t miss a beat and immediately began printing a vote-by-mail ballot, then went outside to the car to verify the woman’s identity.
“She just thanked me and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, thank you for making it so easy,’” recalled Briceño González, who added the woman was “calm” while voting.
“It wasn’t a lot of conversation. I think she was concentrating on herself.”
The worker shared some voting stickers with the woman and a little girl who was in the car and soon the family, who hasn’t been identified, was off.
“We hope she and baby are doing great!” Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office spokeswoman Danaë Rivera-Marasco told CNN in an email.
As for Briceño González, she felt proud to help a woman vote during such a chaotic moment.
“I was happy to print out the ballot and just make sure that I made it as easy as possible so she could go ahead and go to the hospital,” the worker said.
“I just wanted to make sure that as an American citizen that she got to vote.”
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