Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Days before the 2020 general election, “Change My Vote” became a trending search across the country last week, especially in battlefield states like Pennsylvania, the ‘Ohio and Florida according to Google Trends.
Undecided voters are starting to feel the pressure, but election officials say there’s not much you can do once you vote in Florida.
After a record number of early votes, some voters may have doubts about their decision and want to change their ballot.
“I’ve heard of states that allow this, but Florida is not one of them. Once you submit your ballot it is considered cast and it stays with us, it is counted and we move on, ”said Bay County Election Supervisor Mark Andersen.
Andersen said you can’t change your mind after voting in Florida and allowing people to change their ballots could lead to logistical issues.
“Which one do you count, when did it happen, which was first, which was second,” said Andersen. “All those things we don’t need here in Florida. We just need you to make up your mind and for this election we need you to vote and the sooner your decision is made it is time to vote.
While some voters feel they should be able to change their mind, others said it gives them confidence in knowing they have to stick to their single ballot.
“You make a little mistake and feel like, you know, you know what, I didn’t do my research on this candidate before I voted for him and now that I know a little more, I would like to change my vote, ”said Florida resident Danny Russ. “I think everyone should have one.
Bay County resident Joe Hassler isn’t surprised to see people asking about changing their ballot, but thinks people should only get one vote.
“But I personally think that once you make the decision to vote legally, it should be binding,” Hassler said.
Another Bay County resident, Gloria Thompson, is an undecided voter and weighs her options before casting her only ballot.
“And that should also be a lesson for people who haven’t voted to really think about which direction they want to go,” Thompson said. “There are things we love about the two presidents and things we don’t like and our future is pretty much in their hands, so that’s something to think about.
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