Donald Trump wants Hillary Clinton voters in Wisconsin and several other states who have “buyer’s remorse” to take a do-over and change the early ballots they cast for the Democratic nominee.
“A lot of stuff has come out since your vote,” he told a rally Tuesday night in Eau Claire. “If you live here, or Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Minnesota, you change your vote to Donald Trump.”
It may seem like just another of Trump’s whoppers, like his claim about the vote being “rigged”—to name just one of his many examples. But in this case, the Republican nominee is at least partially correct, said Paul Gronke, director of the Early Voting Information Center in California.
Wisconsin and Michigan are two states with significant early or absentee voting that allow people to rescind their ballots up until a few days before Election Day. In Wisconsin, for example, voters can ask their county clerk to “spoil” their ballot up to two times if they make a mistake or change their minds. The deadline for doing so is this Thursday, however, and voters cannot go to their polling place on Election Day and change a vote that they cast by in-person early voting or mail-in absentee. Yet even in a state that has among the most liberal “buyer’s remorse” laws, it is almost unheard of for voters to change their ballots. “It is something that has always been an option in Wisconsin, but very few people ever do it,” said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Elections Commission.