Ann Baker wrote to the KHOU 11 News Verify team, concerned after a friend told her “that mail-in ballots don't get counted unless there is a tie. I hope this is not true. I want my vote to count, especially now. Please verify."

Our first stop was, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. It has an entire page on its website devoted to this topic because it comes up so often. says, “Yes, all votes are counted, whether they're cast in-person or by absentee ballot.”

The site says it’s a common misconception that absentee ballots are only counted during tight races because they’re often such a small percentage of the vote, a race can be called before they’re tallied.

“As absentee voting becomes more popular, however, an increasing number of elections are decided by absentee ballots,” the site says.

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