Trump encourages people to change their ballots. Here are states where you can


President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field in Erie, Pa, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — President Donald Trump is urging people who’ve already voted to change their votes for him, tweeting that Google searches on the subject are trending following last week’s presidential debate.

“Strongly Trending (Google) since immediately after the second debate is CAN I CHANGE MY VOTE? This refers changing it to me,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “The answer in most states is YES. Go do it. Most important Election of your life!”

While he’s right that search traffic on the subject has increased, saying “most states” allow a vote change is not accurate.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there are several states that allow people to switch their votes, including Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Mississippi used to allow voters to change their election, but, due to changes instituted after the COVID-19 pandemic, that is no longer the case. The Secretary of State posted on its website:

Absentee ballots will now be the final vote, which means those who vote absentee may not appear on Election Day and cast a regular ballot.

However, if voters in those states want to make a change, it’s not always simple.

According to AJC, people in Minnesota must change their ballots by Tuesday. In Pennsylvania, absentee voters can switch their ballot up to Election Day. However, they have to do so in person.

According to Newsweek, Trump made a similar push in 2016, tweeting that people should “change your vote to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Google Trends statistics over the last 12 months for the term “can I change my vote” (Google Trends screenshot)

Newsweek goes on to note searches for “can I change my vote after voting” have jumped some 500% over the last 24 hours in the United States. Those include big boosts for “can I change my vote in Texas” and “can I change my vote in Florida.”

Searches for “can I change my vote” also increased following Trump’s morning tweet.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Mississippi residents can change their vote, the article has been corrected to reflect this year’s changes to the law.

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