Proxy voting has been possible for people who are at a higher risk of Covid-19 – this means that a proxy can vote on their behalf. Wicks’ spokesperson told a reporter that they were informed: “Maternity leave is not eligible for proxy voting”.
Wicks may not fit the profile of someone who is susceptible to Covid-19, but those who have recently given birth can suffer from post-partum complications and other health factors which could increase their risk factor.
Wicks drove from Oakland to Sacramento to vote on the legislation, and gave a brief speech on the vote.
Her baby, called Elly, even made a noise during her speech. Wicks said, “We are 3.5 million homes shy of where we need to be right now, in this state, and Elly [her child] agrees that we need it.”
The legislation which was being voted on would make it easier for multi unit housing to be built, and would go some way towards alleviating a housing crisis in the state of California – it did not pass.
Currently, Senate Democrats have had to show up in person to vote while Senate Republicans are barred because Republican senator Brian Jones tested positive for Covid-19.
People like Hillary Clinton weighed in with words of support.
California Assemblymember @buffywicks was told that having recently given birth wasn’t sufficient excuse to cast a… https://t.co/nXxHrPVl1n