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With millions of Americans already casting their ballots in early voting, it appears as if many of them may be experiencing a change of heart.

A recent report noted that, in recent days, there has been a spike in online searches for “Can I change my vote?” on Google as Americans are apparently looking to adjust their submitted ballots. President Donald Trump suggested the changed votes will be cast in his favor and the co-hosts of “Fox & Friends” echoed his thoughts on Tuesday morning’s program.

Reporting that early voting numbers are “through the roof,” Fox News co-host Steve Doocy told viewers on Tuesday that over 62 million Americans have already voted. Speaking with elections analyst at RealClearPolitics, Sean Trende, Doocy discussed the figures and looked at the Google trending topic as well.

“Apparently, according to Google Trends, one of the searches that is trending right now is the question, ‘Can I change my vote?’” Doocy said.

(Source: Fox News)

“Also in a number of states this is tied to searches for Hunter Biden, and I’m sure after the former vice president said this stuff about fracking, people might have second thoughts,” Doocy added. “But nonetheless, according to this article, it is possible to change your vote even though you have early voted via absentee ballot.”

“That varies by state,” Trende replied. “So before you go marching down to your local board of elections, make sure you are one of the states where you can do that, but as it turns out, yes, in a lot of states you can change your vote after you voted early or absentee.”

The president tweeted about the trend as well early Tuesday, noting that the questions began to pop up following his final debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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

A short time after Doocy’s discussion of the Google searches, co-host Ainsley Earhardt brought it up during an interview with reporter Joe Concha.

“According to Google trends data, guess what has been trending over the last few days? ‘Can I change my vote?’ and ‘Hunter Biden.’ So it appears maybe people who voted for Biden, because of Hunter, his son, they want to change their votes.”

(Source: Fox News)

“And I was shocked to know in New York, some states you actually can change your vote. If you mailed it in you can actually go to the polls or you can call the Election Commission and ask for a new ballot,” she added. “Not all states.”

The New York Post’s report on the trending Google searches noted that Americans looking for information on adjusting their ballots were also using the platform’s search engine to get more information on Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his foreign business dealings after the newspaper had published an explosive report.

Arizona, Tennessee and Virginia voters, who are only given one shot at casting their ballots, made up most of the searches on Google, according to the article. Matthew Weil, director of the Election Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told Newsy that “in some states, you can submit your ballot, have a change of heart, and submit a new ballot.”

New York is one of the states that allows voters to change their minds even after they have mailed in an absentee ballot.

“Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person,” New York’s Board of Elections rules state. “The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any absentee ballot. 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.”

But New Yorkers who cast ballots in person during early voting periods will not be able to make the same changes.

“Once you’ve voted at a machine, that’s it,” a Board of Elections spokesperson told The Post. “You cast one vote and that is complete.”

Seven states allow voters to resubmit mail-in ballots while in some states, voters are able to resubmit ballots several times.

Residents of Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and New Mexico are allowed to withdraw their mail-in ballots and vote in-person on Election Day.

Many Twitter users seemed to agree with the president that Americans are experiencing voter’s remorse following the damning Biden revelations and Trump’s clear message of hope for his second term.

Frieda Powers

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