Effectively, we’re certain you don’t want us to let you know that this election may be very totally different from previous elections in many various methods. Along with the truth that there’s nonetheless a pandemic happening (regardless of increasingly folks merely pretending that it isn’t), there are every kind of unprecedented issues taking place this yr. A lot in order that we’re actually getting sort of bored with how usually the phrase “unprecedented” retains popping up — and we’re certain we’re not the one ones!
Anyway, one factor that’s really sort of cool concerning the 2020 presidential election is how many individuals are voting — and the way many individuals are doing so earlier than Election Day utilizing early voting. As of the Sunday earlier than Election Day, People had solid a record-breaking 93 million early ballots — that’s nearly twice as many early votes as had been solid in 2016. When you early-voted, you may be respiratory a sigh of reduction… otherwise you may be struck with horror as you notice you wish to change your vote now. However are you able to?
Can I alter my early vote?
On Oct. 27, Donald Trump claimed in a tweet that “most states” permit voters to alter their vote in the event that they’ve submitted an early poll. That’s really not true. Whilst you could end up rethinking the way you voted in your early poll and wishing you had a do-over, you’re more than likely out of luck.
Nonetheless, whereas “most states” definitely don’t permit early voters to alter their poll, there are eight states the place you might be able to:
Connecticut permits voters to withdraw their submitted mail-in poll after which both select to vote once more through absentee poll or in particular person. Nonetheless, the deadline to take action was 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.
In Delaware, voters could inquire with their county election workplace about altering their poll up till the poll is ready for scanning and tabulation.
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Louisiana voters can reportedly request a substitute poll from their parish registrar of voters workplace, however they should be returned by Monday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. so as to be counted.
In Michigan, you possibly can change your early vote for any motive by submitting a written request to your metropolis or township clerk. That request should be acquired by 5 p.m. on the Friday earlier than the election if it’s despatched by mail, or made in particular person earlier than 10 a.m. on the Monday earlier than the election.
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In Minnesota, you possibly can ask to cancel your poll up till the shut of enterprise two weeks earlier than Election Day.
New Hampshire voters can cancel their absentee/mail-in poll so long as it has not but been processed, then select to vote in particular person as an alternative. (If that is your plan, make sure that to get to the polls early!)
In New York, you possibly can cancel your absentee/mail-in poll by going to the polls and voting in particular person. Doing so will trigger your early vote to be put aside and it’ll not be counted.
In Utah, you’ve got a really restricted window of time to request that your poll be “spoiled.” In case your poll has been accepted and the return envelope processed, it’s too late to alter your vote. Nonetheless, you possibly can name your county clerk in case your poll has not but been counted, request that they cancel your preliminary poll, after which choose up a substitute poll on Election Day.
Wisconsin voters could request in writing that their absentee poll be spoiled, however these requests should be made by 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.
In conclusion, some states do make it doable to cancel and re-vote after you’ve turned in an early poll. Sadly, at this level, many of the deadlines for doing so have handed for this election. Nonetheless, it’s positively good data to have for future elections!