NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There are two days left to vote early in the election, and tens of thousands of Tennesseans have already taken advantage and cast their ballots.
Early voting in Rutherford County is well ahead of the last presidential election. So far more than 63 thousand people have voted.
In Davidson County, more than 132 thousand people have voted early as of Monday.
With the two major bombshells dropped in October in the presidential election, the Hillary Clinton emails and the Donald Trump audio tapes, some people are having voter’s remorse.
But unfortunately here in Tennessee, once you press that button to cast your vote, you can’t have a do-over.
Voters News 2 spoke with on Tuesday say despite recent developments in both camps, their minds were already made up, and at this point there wouldn’t be any need to want and change their vote.
“We had several months to listen to, you know, both sides of the argument, so I think when you come to vote you should be pretty sure of who you’re voting for,” said Velvet York.
“Most people done made up their mind. I don’t think nothing else will come out to change people’s minds,” Terrance Spivey noted.
People in at least seven states–including New York, Wisconsin, and Mississppi –are allowed to change their early votes, but Tennessee isn’t one of them.
Secretary of State Spokesperson Adam Ghassemi said in a statement to News 2 that Tennesseans have one opportunity to vote, and anyone who has questions or doesn’t understand something should ask a polling official for help.
“Once they press the VOTE button their vote cannot be altered,” Ghassemi noted.
Election officials say it would take a change in state election laws before Tennessee could become a “change your vote” state.
“Each state has their own set of election laws; it’s not uniform across the country,” said Rutherford County Administrator of Elections Alan Farley. “In Tennessee our equipment doesn’t provide that and that’s something the way our state election laws set up doesn’t provide that.”
Voters have mixed reactions if Tennessee should become a change your vote state.
“I firmly believe it,” Sam Crank said. “If you got a vote and this is a free country and I’m a Veteran and if you voted one way and you see something that’s wrong about one candidate, you should be able to change your vote.”
“I don’t see a problem with it in the state’s that already have the law,” Gavin Holter said. “I don’t know if I would be an advocate for it in Tennessee or an advocate against it.