According to Google Trends, searches for “how can I change my vote?” have risen more than 1,850% in the last week. While that seems high, it also reflects the increased number of people who have actually cast votes in the interim, since one has to have voted already in order to change a vote.
The Google data don’t indicate how people searching on this term might hope to change their vote. Two popular theories are:
- the perception of a closer race is causing protest voters to withdraw support for Gary Johnson-type candidates
- the FBI announcement has shaken faith in Clinton
Whatever the cause it’s true that many states allow voters a change of heart. Among early voting states and states with absentee ballots that allow voters to switch up, according to CNN, are Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin, and Mississippi. Donald Trump, getting wind of the policies in place, is encouraging early Clinton voters to rethink their decision.
You can change your vote in six states. So, now that you see that Hillary was a big mistake, change your vote to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2016