*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, reports the Huffington Post.
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.
*The election is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the heat is on.
The polls have been close and its hard to tell who’s voting for who.
In these times of doubt and fear, fanatics and political leaders are taking their stance, and sharing their opinions with the public. Church leaders have also taken on the same role
One Sacramento pastor, Dr. Phillip Goudeaux, shared with his 20 thousand plus-member church that although Obama was his man in 2008, this time around, he won’t be getting his vote. Shortly thereafter, he received death threats.
*They may have served some time, but 2 Chainz is saying felons have the right to vote too.
Clad in all his gold and long hair, the rapper just dropped a new track, “Don’t Sleep,” to make former criminals aware that it’s possible to make their voice be heard by casting a vote this election season.
“I’m a felon, I’ve been one since I was 15 years old. My story is not different from another kid’s story,” he says in an interview with Sister 2 Sister, stating that he thought he’d never cast a ballot in his life. “Basically felt like I didn’t have a voice anymore.”
His life was changed, though, during a visit to the mall in 2008, when President Barack Obama was a White House hopeful. A volunteer approached him and gave him the whole rundown of becoming reinstated as a voter.
“She just introduced this idea and gave me a pamphlet and research on how I can be reinstated,” the rapper said of the volunteer, “how I can be counted again.”
He was in his 30′s the first time he vote.
“It was educational. I feel like when we get new information-for me-it just empowers me,” he says. “I just felt like when someone introduced this idea that a mistake that I made couldn’t be held against me, after I did the research, I felt like, ‘Wow! Maybe I could go tell other dudes!’”
*It’s not just the collection plate that’s getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in presidential battleground states and across the nation, says the Associated Press.
Exhorting congregations to register to vote, church leaders are distributing registration cards in the middle of services, and many are pledging caravans of “souls to the polls” to deliver the vote.
The stepped-up effort in many states is a response by activists worried that new election rules, from tougher photo identification requirements to fewer days of early voting, are unfairly targeting minority voters – specifically, African-Americans who tend to vote heavily for Democrats. Some leaders compare their registration and get-out-the-vote efforts to the racial struggle that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.