- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is now personally asking early or absentee voters in several key states to change their minds and cast a ballot to “Make America Great Again.”

“This is a good time to make an important public service announcement, [because] a lot of things have happened over the last few days,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in Wisconsin Tuesday evening.

“This is a message for any Democratic voter who have already cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton and who are having a bad case of buyer’s remorse — in other words, you want to change your vote,” he said.

“Wisconsin is one of several states where you can change your early ballot,” he said. “So if you live here, or in Michigan, or Pennsylvania or Minnesota — those four places — you can change your vote to Donald Trump.”

“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!” Mr. Trump also tweeted Wednesday morning.

It is indeed possible for voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Minnesota to void their early/absentee ballots if they have a change of heart, though the deadline to do so in Minnesota was at close of business Tuesday.

It’s also possible for voters to change their early ballot in New York, Connecticut, and Mississippi, according to CNN, though those states aren’t really seen as competitive at the presidential level.

Approximately 40 percent of the votes cast in 2016 are expected to come before Election Day.

Millions of voters cast their ballots before FBI Director James B. Comey’s disclosure late last week that the bureau learned of the existence of emails that appear to be relevant to its investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email practices, and there could still be plenty of other bombshells to drop before Election Day that could influence voters’ thinking.

Still, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Elections Commission said far more people are asking about the prospect of voiding their early choice than actually do it. And people who vote early could be more committed to their particular candidate anyway compared to voters who walk into polling places on Election Day still undecided.

However, Michigan and Pennsylvania do not offer no-excuse absentee voting, meaning people must provide a valid reason, such as a disability, as to why they would not be able to make it to the polls.

In Wisconsin, anyone can request an absentee ballot, and they can return it either through the mail or at a local clerk’s office.

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