No second chances on mailed Arizona early ballots

Posted at 6:59 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 22:59:06-04

Donald Trump is urging early voters with "buyer's remorse" to try to re-cast their ballots, but that's not possible in Arizona.

Election officials say once you drop your ballot in the mailbox, you essentially dropped it in the ballot box. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell says her workers started the early ballot counting process on Tuesday. More than 800,000 early ballots have been returned in Maricopa County of the 1.5 million that were sent out. 

"It is first in, first counted," Purcell said. "If you have sent your ballot to us, we've already verified the signature. We've already processed that ballot. We separated the ballot from the envelope."

Purcell says Maricopa County voters can find their polling place online. 

The U.S. Postal Service and Arizona election officials say Tuesday was the last day to mail a ballot to guarantee a November 8th delivery.

People who still have early ballots can drop them off at any early voting location until Friday or at any voting precinct on Election Day in their county of residence.

Trump said the four states that allow early ballots to be changed are Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.In Wisconsin, voters can change their minds up to three times. The deadline for doing so is Thursday. Changing votes is very rarely done, according to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College.