Can you change your vote after casting your ballot? Not in Idaho

Posted at 5:12 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 19:12:14-04

Election Day is four days away, and a record number of people are casting their ballots through absentee, early voting and on Election Day.

The number of people casting an early ballot in this presidential election surpasses those who early voted in 2016.

After the last presidential debate, President Trump sent out a tweet stating you can change your vote in most states. Well, in Idaho, that is not the case.

"Once a vote has been cast, meaning when you are in that in-person location, whether it's early voting, in-person or absentee. Once that vote has been turned in and received by the clerk, it's done. Under Idaho's constitution, you're guaranteed a secret ballot," Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck said.

Since ballots do not have your name on them, there is no way to retrieve which vote was yours, making it non-retrievable.

If you mailed in a ballot but decided to vote in person, the county would take whichever ballot was received first and cancel out the other.

There are many procedures put in place to ensure votes are not counted twice. If you get caught double-voting, you could face a felony charge, a $1,000 fine, or five years in prison.