After FBI Director Jim Comey announced that he was reviewing e-mails potentially linked to Hillary Clinton, several states announced that they were allowing people to change their early votes.
On 29 October 2016, the TruthFeed web site published an article reporting that several states had announced that early voters who cast their votes for Hillary Clinton could change their votes in light of FBI director Jim Comey’s announcement that new e-mails potentially linked to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information had been discovered:
BREAKING : List of States Allowing you to CHANGE YOUR VOTE in Light of Hillary’s Federal Investigation
On Friday the FBI announced they were reopening the email investigation into Hillary’s mishandling of classified information.
In a statement, the FBI said that they discovered “new emails” pertinent to the earlier investigation on “several devices.”
Reports indicate that one phone device belongs to Anthony Weiner and the other phone device belongs to his estranged wife Huma Abedin.
Many Hillary supporters are clamoring to change their early votes, so the media has provided a list of states that allow you to change your early vote.
That article is a mixture of true, misleading, and inaccurate information. While some states do allow early voters to change their votes prior to the election, no state altered its existing election laws in order to specifically allow Hillary Clinton supporters to change their votes in light of newly discovered e-mails.
The image shown aobve was taken from a Fox News broadcast in which reporter Trace Gallagher explained the various laws that exist in some states allowing early voters to change their votes before election day:
Gallagher didn’t say that any of these states had implemented new election laws, or that former Hillary Clinton supporters were “clamoring” to change their votes.
Furthermore, Gallagher’s report doesn’t appear to have been entirely accurate. The Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, for instance, disputed the claim that early votes could be changed in that state:
We also found a few discrepancies with Gallagher’s report, such as the fact that Michigan does not allow early voting at all.
It is true that some states, such as Minnesota, allow early voters to change their minds:
WHAT IF I RETURNED MY BALLOT AND WANT TO CHANGE MY VOTE? You can ask to cancel your ballot until the close of business one week before Election Day. After that time, you cannot cancel your ballot. To cancel your ballot, contact the election office that sent your ballot. Your options are to have a new ballot mailed; vote in person at your local election office; or vote at your polling place on Election Day.
Extant mechanisms in some states do provide a means for early voters to change their votes. None of those mechanisms was recently implemented specifically to allow ballots cast for Hillary Clinton to be changed, however.
A Word to Our Loyal Readers
Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.
- David Mikkelson
- Doreen Marchionni
- David Emery
- Bond Huberman
- Jordan Liles
- Alex Kasprak
- Dan Evon
- Dan MacGuill
- Bethania Palma
- Liz Donaldson
- Vinny Green
- Ryan Miller
- Chris Reilly
- Chad Ort
- Elyssa Young
Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.
We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.
Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.