Ahead of the United States Presidential Election 2020 began on November 3, a Florida woman in labor stopped to cast early vote before heading to the hospital.
In a statement to CNN, the Orange Country Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando said that a man had requested on October 27 "a-vote-by-mail ballot for his wife, who was in labor in the car outside." In a remarkable incident, a worker at the voter service department, Karen Briceno Gonzalez admitted that she had never seen anything like that before.
However, while talking to the media outlet, Gonzalez said that it is their job to ensure that all eligible voters cast the ballot "no matter the circumstances" and thus they did the same even if it meant someone was in labor in car. The man approached the worker at the voter service department with an urgent request with two driver's licenses.
In a statement to the media outlet, Gonzalez said that she told him that only his identification was required and if there is any other person he or she can come and vote. To this, the man replied, 'No, you don't understand. My wife's going to have a baby.' The woman refused to go to the hospital until she has voted, the officials said. Briceño González said she immediately printed off a vote-by-mail ballot and went to the car where she then verified the woman before voting.
Officials said the woman's husband drove her to the Orlando hospital. They did not reveal the couple name.