Here's How To Change Your Vote If Your Candidate Dropped Out Of The Democratic Presidential Race

Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar all dropped out in recent days.

WWJ News
March 02, 2020 - 8:32 pm
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(WWJ) -- In the lead up to Super Tuesday, Democratic candidates dropped out of the Presidential Primary Elections on three consecutive days.

On Saturday it was Tom Steyer, before upstart candidate Pete Buttigieg did so on Sunday and Amy Klobuchar on Monday.

As Michigan's early voting period for the March 10 primary began on January 25, thousands of Michiganders have already cast their votes. In addition to the three latest candidates to call it quits, three other candidates, including Andrew Yang, have dropped out since that date.

So what should voters do if the candidate they voted for has since dropped out?

Jake Rollow with the Department of State tells WWJ it's not too late to cast a new ballot. Voters can "spoil their ballot" by mail up until March 7, or in person until 4 p.m. Monday, the day before Michigan's primary.

"You will need to provide notice in writing and you'll have to say whether you plan to vote by mail or plan to come into the clerk's office," Rollow said. "You don't even need to provide a reason. So whether or not your candidate has dropped out or maybe you just changed your mind, you're more than welcome to do what's called spoiling your ballot, which means essentially that you contact your local election clerk's office and tell them you want to spoil your ballot or you can tell them you just want to cancel the vote you cast and you want to vote again."

As of early Monday morning, officials tell WWJ nearly 4,000 ballots have been spoiled in Michigan.

To find your polling precinct or to see if you're registered to vote, visit the government's Michigan Voter Information Center.