Hunter effect: Early voters now want to change their votes—and some can!
The Hunter Biden scandal appears to have sparked a rush of early voters seeking if they can change their minds.
According to statistics, more than 58.5 million have already cast their ballots. And searches for 'Can I change my vote' have spiked in recent days.
Per CNN, the biggest interest comes from Utah, Idaho, and Pennsylvania. Afterward comes New Mexico, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The report read:
Interest in people changing their votes surged [after] Hunter Biden's laptop contents began to go viral.
They included sex tapes, elicit photos, footage of him smoking crack with what appears to be prostitutes, and more."
However, it's unfortunate for most voters as some of these states—like most of the US — only give residents one shot at the polls.
But in some states such as Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Connecticut, voters can change their votes.
Well, at least for those who mailed in an absentee ballot.
For instance, in New York, the Empire State's Board of Elections says:
The Election Law recognizes that plans change.
Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person.
The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any absentee ballot.
So, if the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted.
However, those who voted early in-person don't get the second chance.
Board of Elections spokesperson said:
Once you've voted at a machine, that's it.
You cast one vote, and that is complete.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin has specific election laws allowing residents to change their minds after casting an initial vote.
In fact, those in the Badger State can even get up to three chances.
In a recent update, the Wisconsin Elections Commission also noted that 'many voters' are seeking to revoke their initial absentee ballot.
The commission notes:
A voter, whether voting by absentee ballot in the clerk's office or by mail, or at the polling place, can receive up to three ballots.
It has been the law in Wisconsin for many years.
Minnesota voters also get a chance—although not if they have left it this late.
The office of Secretary of State Steve Simon says:
You can ask to cancel your ballot until the close of business two weeks before Election Day.
Michigan also has clear-cut rules allowing voters to amend their early mailed-in vote.
The state law says:
If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote … a voter can spoil their ballot. [Just submit] a written request to their city or township clerk.
In addition, Washington state lets its voters 'cancel a ballot at any time before Election Day.'