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Illinois Woman in Labor Stops to Vote on Way to Hospital

Cook County Clerk's Office(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago mom-to-be didn't let being in labor stop her from doing her duty as a citizen on Election Day.

With contractions five minutes apart, Galicia Malone stopped at Precinct 88 in Chicago to cast her vote on her way to the hospital, according to the Cook County Clerk's Office.

Malone, 21, was determined to vote in her first presidential election, even though her water had broken.  She voted at around 8:30 a.m. at the fittingly-named New Life Celebration Church, according to ABC News' Chicago affiliate WLS-TV.

Once she had voted, she headed to the hospital to deliver her baby.

"If only all voters showed such determination to vote," Cook County Clerk David Orr said in a news release.  "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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