Many waited in long lines in order to cast their votes on Tuesday, but one group of people get bonus points for their determination to participate in the 2016 election: women who made it to the polls while in labor.
As in, active childbirth.
As in, they took their civic duty so seriously and felt such great pride and power in being able to exercise their right as guaranteed by the 19th Amendment that they went to cast their ballot while dealing with contractions and the looming reality of birthing a human.
There's a woman IN LABOR right now at my polling place. That's how badly she wanted to vote. #ElectionDay
— jonny umansky (@jonnyumansky) November 8, 2016
— tori_saylor (@tori_saylor) November 8, 2016
Jess Leibfried of Duluth, Minnesota is one of these superwomen. When she went into labor on Monday, Nov. 7, the day before the election, she didn’t want to miss her chance to cast her vote.
In a Facebook post in the secret pro-Clinton Facebook group “Pantsuit Nation,” Leibfried wrote, “I’m in labor with my first child but absolutely had to make it to the polls to cast my vote for Hillary before going to the hospital. I hope my baby girl comes into this world with Hillary in the White House!” The post has received more than 83,000 likes and over 3,600 comments of support and encouragement since Leibfried posted it Monday afternoon.
And in Boulder, Colorado, Sosha Adelstein went into labor on Friday, Nov. 4 — but didn’t want to not vote in this historic presidential race.
So Adelstein stopped and dropped off her absentee ballot at the county clerk’s office en route to the hospital. Shortly after dropping off her ballot, Adelstein gave birth to a daughter, Bella Rose.
— Daily Camera (@dailycamera) November 5, 2016
Like Leibfried, Adelstein also voted for Hillary Clinton, as did her partner, Max Brandel. Brandel told Boulder’s The Daily Camera that this was because, “It’s really important for us to bring our girl into a world we are proud of. We hope people realize the risks inherent in this election and get out and vote.”