Pregnant woman's water breaks, she still votes before going to hospital

Precinct clerk Melinda Norris dealt with a unique situation at her polling place in South Carolina Tuesday: A voter's water broke.

At her polling place at St. Johns High in Johns Island, S.C., a pregnant woman in line wasn't feeling great, so the voter got out of the standing line, and moved to her car in the curbside line reserved for those who are unable to stand. That's where she realized she was about to go into labor.

Norris, 50, told USA TODAY on the phone that she met the woman and her husband outside, and they asked her if there was any way they could vote without waiting in line. "I brought the (ballot) machine out to the parking lot, and we got them processed," Norris said. "It was really funny, because he kept telling her to vote straight ticket, and she said, 'I can’t!'"

After the pregnant voter submitted her ballot and went to the hospital, another funny thing happened: Norris encountered two more very pregnant women in line who were voting on their due dates. They didn't go into labor, though.

"I’m just glad I didn’t have to do a delivery," Norris, who's been working polls for the last three elections, joked.

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