Mom delivers her baby then votes in the 2020 election from hospital

NICOLE PELLETIERE
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A woman who gave birth the day before Election Day was able to cast her vote right from her hospital room.

Megan Walker of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, gave birth to a boy named Bryson Drum on Nov. 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland. The following day, Walker told staff she needed to be released so she could get to the polls.

"I wanted to make it time to go vote," Walker told "Good Morning America. "He wasn't due for another two weeks, so I had him at 38 weeks. It was completely unexpected to give birth right before Election Day."

Walker is a mother of two. This is her first child with fiancé Mark Drum, who also voted Nov. 3 at a church in Tarentum.

PHOTO: Bryson Drum as born on Nov. 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pennsylvania, one day before Election Day 2020. His mother, Megan Walker, was able to cast her ballot from the hospital thanks to Pittsburgh Ballots for Patients. (UPMC)
PHOTO: Bryson Drum as born on Nov. 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pennsylvania, one day before Election Day 2020. His mother, Megan Walker, was able to cast her ballot from the hospital thanks to Pittsburgh Ballots for Patients. (UPMC)

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Walker's vote was made possible by Pittsburgh Ballots for Patients -- a nonpartisan project that help patients complete medical or emergency absentee ballots for major elections, despite being hospitalized or living in a nursing facility.

The group is assembled by volunteers, Ballots for Patients' coordinator Paul O’Hanlon told "GMA."

PHOTO: Megan Walker gave birth to a boy named Bryson Drum on Nov. 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pennsylvania. Walker's vote was made possible by Pittsburgh Ballots for Patients. (UPMC)
PHOTO: Megan Walker gave birth to a boy named Bryson Drum on Nov. 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pennsylvania. Walker's vote was made possible by Pittsburgh Ballots for Patients. (UPMC)

"We usually start off in the morning getting the application from them. We take it downtown, bring it back to the hospital and we're filing them," O’Hanlon said. "It tends to be an all-day process and if you were in a hospital bed, you wouldn't be able to do it."

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Walker said she was worried that she'd miss her chance to vote until a volunteer stopped by her hospital room and explained how Ballots for Patients worked.

PHOTO: Megan Walker gave birth to a boy named Bryson Drum on Nov. 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pennsylvania. (UPMC)
PHOTO: Megan Walker gave birth to a boy named Bryson Drum on Nov. 2 at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pennsylvania. (UPMC)

"That made me feel really good that my vote was secure," Walker said. "It was a relief to be able to still vote ... every vote counts, right?"

Walker said Bryson, who arrived weighing 7 pounds and 12 ounces, is "perfect, healthy and beautiful."

She and Drum have three boys and three girls combined, and now feel their family is complete, she added.

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