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Galicia Malone, Chicago Woman In Labor, Votes En Route To Hospital

11/06/2012 12:55 pm ET | Updated Nov 06, 2012

A Chicago-area woman went into labor early Tuesday morning -- but she wasn't about to let that stop her from taking the opportunity to vote.

Though her water had already broken, 21-year-old Galicia Malone voted around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at New Life Celebration Church in south suburban Dolton, ABC Chicago reports.

According to Cook County Clerk David Orr, Malone's contractions were five minutes apart when she arrived at her polling place. Her labor reportedly began at 3 a.m.

"If only all voters showed such determination to vote," Orr said of Malone, according to NBC Chicago.

Malone told CBS Chicago reports that her participating in the first presidential election she is eligible to vote in made "a major difference in my life."

Elsewhere in the Chicago area, voters struggled with long lines and confusion after redistricting led to changed polling locations for about 20 percent of Cook County voters. To make matters worse, the city's election site has been spotty for much of the day -- and crashed at one point.

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