This is an important election, and it appears people are responding in a big way, with a record of nearly 60 million people having already cast their ballots. While they might feel relieved that they don’t have to stand in long lines on Nov. 3, it appears many of these early voters are experiencing another feeling: regret. How do we know? Well, the Google search phrase “can I change my vote” was peaking on Tuesday morning.
The good thing about Google data is it can be tracked, so if you’re wondering in what subregions the phrase is trending, one of them includes Delaware, which just so happens to be the state Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden represented as a senator for almost four decades.
The other subregions where voters may be wishing they had a mulligan at the polls, according to Trend data throughout Tuesday, are Maine, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa.
Here’s something you might find interesting, or maybe even shocking: Some states do allow voters to change their votes. There are restrictions attached, but it is possible in some states. In New York, voters who have submitted absentee ballots but then changed their minds have the chance to cast a new vote at their polling place on Election Day. In that case, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted. Wisconsin will allow voters the chance to cancel their original absentee ballot and request a new one, so long as they do it by Oct. 29.
Many of the states in which the “can I change my vote” search was trending just happen to be swing states, so on top of the added weight those states carry of being largely responsible in picking the next president, sounds like some people have had a change of heart.