Is there a lesson to be learned, here? Some early voters want to change their vote after the final presidential debate last Thursday and the Hunter Biden email exposé blew wide open. Presumably, that means to switch their vote from Joe Biden to Donald Trump.
As reported by the New York Post on Monday, the final debates and the Post’s exposé on Biden’s son appear to have sparked a rush of early voters trying to figure out if they can change their minds — “buyer’s remorse,” as it were — with New York one of a handful of states giving some early voters that right.
“Can I Change My Vote”: Voter’s Remorse Sets In As Google Searches For Do-Over Spike https://t.co/ZnmMo7bx5E
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 26, 2020
The “Can I change my vote?” trend began after the last debate, which most pundits agreed was a strong effort by President Trump, while not so much by Joe Biden.
Top search on Google after the debate was “Can I change my vote?”
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) October 24, 2020
As “Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream” producer Sean Langille tweeted, “Searches for ‘Can I change my vote’ [also] started trending over the last few days — linked to searches for ‘Hunter Biden,’ according to Google Trends data.”
— Sean Langille (@SeanLangille) October 26, 2020
As reported by The Washington Post on Monday, at least 62.7 million people have already voted — with eight days before the election — a 133 percent increase over total early-voting in 2016. At least 30.4 million of those votes have been cast in battleground states.
According to the Post, much of the interest has come from voters in Arizona, Tennessee, and Virginia, all states that — like most of the country — only give voters one shot at the polls. And therein lies the lesson: What was the big hurry to vote early in the first place? I mean, I get mail-in voting by those concerned with COVID, or voters who are unable to go to the polls, but long lines of early voters? I don’t get it.
But “in some states, you can submit your ballot, have a change of heart, and submit a new ballot,” Matthew Weil, director of the Election Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told Newsy. That includes New York — at least for those who mailed in an absentee ballot, according to the Post.
The rules vary in states that do allow voters to change their vote. Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin all have specific election laws allowing residents to change their vote after casting an initial vote — with Wisconsinites getting three chances.
While we don’t know how many people will change their vote or have already done so, the important question is how many people who have not yet voted have also had a change of heart? Make that a change of mind — not to mention an embrace of common sense.
Who in their right mind believes Joe Biden is telling the truth about having no knowledge of son Hunter’s Ukraine and China shenanigans — let alone whether Joe was also in up to his eyeballs? (See: “10 percent held by H for the big guy.”)
And the lesson to be learned, as I mentioned at the top? The early bird might get the worm, but the early voter might end up with a proverbial pig in a poke — as might the country if an insufficient number of people are wise enough to get it right the first time.