REPORT: What happens to early votes already cast for Klobuchar and Buttigieg?

While Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar are endorsing Joe Biden for President, the early votes cast for them can not be changed and are in some sense “wasted.”

FoxNews reports the sudden exits by Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar from the Democratic presidential primary race has left Super Tuesday voters wondering what to do if they’ve already cast an early ballot for the former South Bend, Ind., mayor or the Minnesota senator.

The short answer is nothing.

While some states allow absentee voters to change their choice by requesting a new ballot or by turning in their old ballot at a polling place for a new one, early voters in Super Tuesday states who chose Buttigieg or Klobuchar – or billionaire Tom Steyer or any of the other candidates who have suspended their campaigns – are out of luck.

“With primaries, casting ballot early does have some downsides,” Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, the president of the U.S. Vote Foundation, told Fox News. “A lot of ballots are just wasted.”

The only Super Tuesday state that allows voters to change their ballot is Minnesota, but lawmakers in the Land of 10,000 Lakes set a deadline of Feb. 25 to switch votes – meaning that supporters of candidates like Buttigieg and Klobuchar would have had to have some really prescient knowledge if they wanted to select another Democratic contender.

In California, which is the biggest prize on Super Tuesday with 416 delegates up for grabs, almost 3 million of the state’s 20.6 million registered voters have already cast an early ballot. State election officials have not released any preliminary results from the early votes, but of the 20 Democrats whose names appear on the ballot, almost half have formally suspended their campaigns since late December.