The number of mail-in ballots cited as "missing" by vote-in-person advocacy groups is false and very misleading. These groups use the word “missing” to describe ballots that were mailed out to voters but not cast by these voters.
Uncast ballots do not equate to missing ballots. If we equated uncast ballots to missing ballots, then over 250 million votes not cast by in-person Election Day voters from 2012 to 2018 are also “missing.”
This classification is not true.
The argument that millions of mail-in ballots go missing relies on misconstrued language and data. Vote-in-person advocacy groups rely on a wide definition of “missing” to promote the claim that mail-in ballots go missing. Rather, the mail-in voting system works in the United States and has worked for decades.