Cheers For This Illinois Lady Who Voted On Her Way To Give Birth

Voter rejects de-fetus attitudeHey, kids, let’s take a break from all the worry about voter suppression and screwy voting machines and give a big round of applause to Galicia Malone, 21, who, despite having labor contractions 5 minutes apart, stopped by her local polling place in the Chicago suburb of Dolton to cast her first-ever vote in a presidential election, before continuing on to the hospital. Congrats to Mom and baby!

CBS Chicago 32 reports that

when her labor began at 3 a.m., she held off going to the hospital until she was able to go to her polling place and vote.

“I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life,” she said. “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.”

Once she finished voting, she left her polling place and drove herself to the hospital, awaiting the birth of her daughter. She calls it a milestone day – her first vote and her first child.

The Cook County Clerk, David Orr, released a statement praising Ms. Malone’s commitment to voting:

“If only all voters showed such determination to vote. 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.”

No doubt some worrywart will come along and condemn this statement for encouraging risky behavior, but we figure as long as you don’t do something really crazy, like flying from Dallas to Anchorage after your water breaks, you’re probably OK.

[CBS Chicago]

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    1. Estproph

      But we all know what the REAL issue is, don't we? Let's just say he wouldn't be denied a vote if he were less…urban.

  1. SorosBot

    That's just plain awesome. And seeing the picture, I now dread what the folks over at Breitbart or that Twitchy will have to say about her if they notice.

      1. Esteev

        It's really getting sad that the Right turns to this nonsense instead of, you know, coming up with some new policies.

      2. SorosBot

        It's weird that so much of the nonsense is centering around Philly this time around, I guess it's a follow-up to the New Black Panther bullshit from last election. You'd think they would freak out around a city with lots of black people in a state Romney might possibly win instead..

    1. Redgyal

      You mean the folks on CBS Chicago. The first two comments criticized her for not voting early and assumed that she was a single mother. Oh and also the assumption that the father did not want to be around.

      The interwebs need a mean filter.

    1. SmutBoffin

      This is a WAR BLOG! A mommy blog of war! With mommies and wars in blog form and sometimes Twitter or whatever but yeah there are mommies.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Especially mommies who like to say words that they don't want their kids to call them from the school office for saying, like its MY fault so many people ARE FUCKING CUNTS, and that shit's gotta go somewhere. Hooray for WAR BLOGS and hook-ups thereby and fuck it, wonkette rules, I don't care what it is.

          1. prommie

            Aww, I didn't mean to make you feel sorry, I am sorry. Totally completely life altering best thing ever, yes yes yes yes umm hmmm.

    1. Simple J Malarkey

      To be fair, all the stories I've seen look like the blacks and browns are doing their part flocking to the polls. Us white folks shouldn't leave all the heavy electoral lifting to them — we need to do our part to help fling Mittens to the curb!

      1. WhatTheHolyHeck

        Every election worker in my precinct was African-American and they were all to a person quick, efficient and polite. I got in and out in 10 minutes despite a line and was told to "have a blessed day."


          1. WhatTheHolyHeck

            Well you know, you'd expect them to be tearing up the place, yelling at the election monitors about their missing MFing iced tea.

      1. finallyhappy

        or had a c with a filthy knife and then managed to live long enough to vote. And let me say I did not watch that part of Walking Dead- I can see Herschel's leg chopped off, T- Dogg chewed on by zombies and aquaria of heads but not a "live" c- section.

  2. Barbara_

    Mazel tov, lovely lady and best wishes for your new family. Sorry, I can't snark on this wonderful event.

  3. Jus_Wonderin

    Uh, how long before the rethugs research her, out her, and call her a slut?? Did I even have time to type this before it happened?

  4. HogeyeGrex

    Apparently there is a lady in Florida who broke her leg in the parking lot on her way in to vote. She went in and voted before going to the hospital.

    People seem to think this voting thing is kind of important for some reason.

  5. SmutBoffin

    I'm predicting Obama will take an early lead tomorrow… and maintain that lead as his voters are obviously inspired and dedicated.

  6. Serolf_Divad

    On her way to give birth? Must be a Republican. Now if she was on her way to a 3rd trimester abortion…

      1. Serolf_Divad

        It does if you're a Democrat, I'm afraid. Birth is the dividing line between when Democrats stop trying to kill their young'uns and Republicans take over the job.

  7. elviouslyqueer

    "Bet she was a single mom crackhead welfare scammer with eight kids herr durr typical Obama supporter herr durr" wingnut response in 3…2…1…

  8. Blueb4sinrise

    I'm sure that the BBC will add this story to their live-blog, just like……


    At least one member of the New Black Panther Party, a US-based political organisation that began in the late 1980s, is reportedly patrolling voting sites in the city of Philadelphia. Dressed in black clothing and a black beret, he is monitoring the stations and holding doors open for visitors, several US media outlets are reporting.

    1. Blueb4sinrise

      I have been turning to the BBC for years now as less fucking nuts than our USian offerings…….they've been sliding towards the steaming loo lately though.

      1. fuflans

        yeah this is bizarre. bbc's been my home page since like…the internet started and until the past year or so (maybe a little longer? i am older than the internet so it's hard to remember) it's taken a hard shift right on america and esp on bamz (and especially mark mardell).

        and the whole reason they are my home page is b/c they supposedly offer a softer, more eurotrash-y perspective.

        1. Redgyal

          You can hear dog whistles in England too. Kenyans did after all force the British out of their country so there is that.

  9. Jus_Wonderin

    That's nothing. I was at Goodwill browsing and these two old biddies were gripeing about Prez O. Saying how they had just voted for Romney.

    Now, if these two braindead women can vote…gurl you gotta up the ante from just crossing your legs to keep the baybay in………………..

  10. LIT_Fag

    Maybe Akin was right…women's bodies can stave off birthin' AND conceptin'!
    Congrats to her, though!

  11. Jerri

    Aw, I think I have something in my eye. And it's not caused by rage or despair for once!

    Congratulations to Ms. Malone and welcome to the world, new baby. We'll try not to screw it up too much (more) for you.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Funny … I've had something in my eye a couple of times today. If this keeps up I'll have the same condition I inexplicable developed last year on election day and had a major relapse of in January.

  12. Come here a minute

    Hey, I was late for work after voting, where's my cheer? (Yes, it was three hours after voting, but still.)

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      "It was God's divine word that I be there. Originally, I was just going skip the ballot and just go to lunch that day," Houston said.

      Clerk Sharon Tischler confirmed the story Tuesday but said she didn't know the names of the couple. Houston also wasn't able to recall their names.

      While I believe the story the fact that no one remembers their names is an oddity. Aliens!!!

    2. MozakiBlocks

      Damn, that's hardcore.

      My precinct didn't have my updated address even though I re-registered when I moved here. They told me that I'd have to go back to my old precinct, an hour and a 1/2 away without traffic to vote. I very politely told them "the hell I was" and marched my ass down to the elections office and voted provisional.

      Fucking red state.

  13. StillGoinGreen

    When I was in line, I had to endure massive stomach cramps from a morning grumbler that I had mistakenly ignored. Can I get a hearty WONKY-HIDEY-HO FOR MY SACRIFICE?!?!!?1/1

  14. UnholyMoses

    If everyone would like to have this nice, wonderful, truly inspiring story washed from their memories and replaced by infuriating, wish-our-nation-would-be-destroyed-by-a-meteor-or-even-over-flouridation examples of good 'ol conservative hate, go to Twitter and search for the #votewhite hashtag.

    We still have a long way to go, folks.

    A long, long way …

      1. Lazy Media

        Looks like it's being used by one asshole, TheFunnyRacist, and all the other tweets are people complaining about it.

    1. finallyhappy

      I gave birth early and my office knew why I was out. However, one guy called me the morning after I gave birth(actually that morning as I gave birth at 2 AM) to ask me questions about work on my desk. I hung up and found a new job during maternity leave.

    1. natl_[redacted]_cmdr

      I don't know about them. They're white and lifeless. Probably Republicans. I hope they stay home and no one gives them a ride anywhere.

      1. Jus_Wonderin

        This is true. Once, I had a hangnail on my big toe and I was wearing wool socks and then, I stubbed my toe on the coffee table and fell over an Ottoman. I didn't spill my drink though. No. No. No.

        Why there was an Ottoman in my living room…I will never know.

  15. deelzebub

    Illinois moms are tough. Last year a pregnant lady finished day two of the Illinois Bar Exam while in labor.

  16. Lot_49

    I can sympathize with Galicia. I had to put 45 cents worth of stamps on my ballot, and then walk it all the way down to the mailbox.

  17. Steverino247

    Galicia? She doesn't look Polish or Ukrainian…

    Seriously, way to go new Mom/Voter! Somebody in town take her some flowers!

      1. Steverino247

        I *knew* there was another one out there. I'm more into Prussian history than Spanish though.

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