Near death and birth at the polls

November 6, 2012

At least two people went to incredible -- some would say dangerous -- lengths to cast their ballots this afternoon.

In Southfield Township, Mich., an elderly man passed out while working on his ballot and had to be resuscitated by a nurse on the scene. The man lost his pulse entirely before he was revived, reports The Detroit News, and his first question upon waking was, "Did I vote?" A Post staffer is friends with the nurse, Ty Houston, who posted on Facebook that it took him four minutes of CPR to get a pulse. "They held hands, cried and she let him know that she completed his ballot," Houston writes.

To the west, a pregnant Chicago woman cast her vote even after her water broke. Galicia Malone, 21, voted around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, about five hours after her contractions started, according to the Huffington Post. Cook County Clerk David Orr lauded Malone's determination to vote: "My hat goes off to Galicia for not letting anything get in the way of voting," he said. "What a terrific example she is showing for the next generation, especially her new son or daughter."

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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