"I am a proud and determined member of #PantsuitNation, even though I voted whilst not wearing pants, wearing a hospital gown instead,” Amy Korin, a Chicago-based mom, wrote on Facebook on the morning of election day.
Korin, who is still seven weeks away from her due date, checked into the hospital on Sunday evening after her water broke early, and less than 48 hours before she planned to head to the polls to vote. When she found out the doctors absolutely wouldn’t allow her to leave the hospital on election day, she began frantically searching for a way to still be able to cast a ballot.
First, from her hospital bed in triage, she emailed the Cook County Election Commissioner to request a personal delivery of an “Application for Ballot for Qualified Voter Admitted to Hospital Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Center” (as it’s called in Illinois).
But from there, the process got awfully complicated. By the time she was moved to the labor and delivery floor for observation, she had spoke to election officials in both the Cook County and City of Chicago election offices. Although they assured her that an application had been faxed to the nurse’s station on her floor, addressed to her attention, it never arrived.
Finally, she was able to get the ballot application via email, which she printed out at the hospital. After that, she still had lots of work to do. Her signature on the application, finding an attending physician to sign her application (they were all “clamoring” for the opportunity to sign for her), having a relative act as a “delivery agent,” getting the application notarized, getting the notarized and signed application to city hall, and then they’d finally deliver a ballot to her.
"Besides being a welcome distraction during a stressful hospital stay—there are few people that I would jump through so many hoops for, but the future leader of the Free World, no brainer,” Korin wrote on Facebook. "I am so thankful to be surrounded by so many people who are committed to the change and this has truly proven that we are #StrongerTogether!"
But as the election results came in, things tipped in favor of Trump. And then, he won.
“While not the outcome that I was hoping and praying for,” Korin told me from the hospital the morning after the election, “at least I know I did everything I could to make my voice heard. A Trump presidency and the four years to follow would be even harder to process if I didn’t participate.”
And, as any mom who declared "#ImWithHer" during the election, Korin says she’s more determined than ever to “work harder, lead by example and fight for humanity”—despite the fact that Hillary Clinton did not win the election.
Photos provided by Amy Korin