Nearly 60 million Americans have already cast their vote, but now some of them may be experiencing “buyer’s remorse.”
According to The New York Post, there has been a spike in searches on Google for the phrase “change my vote” in recent days. Voters appear to be seeking information on if it is possible to change a ballot and, if so, how one would go about doing so.
“Change my vote” trending
The Post noted that the surge in interest appears to coincide with its series of bombshell reports on Hunter Biden, which suggest that the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was selling access to his father and trading on the family name to make lucrative foreign business deals.
Joe Biden has repeatedly denied having any knowledge of his son’s international business dealings, but an ex-business partner of Hunter Biden’s has come forward and alleged that Joe Biden was aware of his son’s activities. He shared his account in a powerful interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night. Watch it here.
Trump weighs in
President Donald Trump also took notice of the recent trend and tweeted on Tuesday, “Strongly Trending (Google) since immediately after the second debate is CAN I CHANGE MY VOTE? This refers changing it to me. The answer in most states is YES. Go do it. Most important Election of your life!”
Strongly Trending (Google) since immediately after the second debate is CAN I CHANGE MY VOTE? This refers changing it to me. The answer in most states is YES. Go do it. Most important Election of your life!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020
The president can only speculate as to whether those seeking to change their already cast vote are intending to change it to him, but he is correct to note that the upward trend in searches for the “change my vote” phrase did indeed begin in the aftermath of the final presidential debate on Oct. 22, with another surge in searches following his tweet Tuesday morning.
Notably, the spike in searches was most prominent in Pennsylvania, a vitally important battleground state, as well as, surprisingly enough, Biden’s home state of Delaware.
Rounding out the top five were the states of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Arizona, with other crucial swing states like Florida, Michigan, and Minnesota not too far behind.
As to Trump’s assertion that voters in “most states” can change their votes after casting an early ballot, that is less clear, as both the Post and Fox News reported that in many states voters only get one chance to cast a ballot and must live with their choice.
Both outlets also provided a few examples of states where voters are allowed to change their ballot or cast a new one before the election is complete, including New York, Michigan, and Minnesota.
Each state has different procedures and deadlines, meaning it is up to each voter to contact their state’s election authorities.