Attorney General William Barr said he supports mail-in balloting for a “limited” amount of people but is concerned about expanding the process.
“I think there’s a range of concerns about mail-in ballots. And let me just clarify here, I’m not talking about a mail-in ballot for a limited number of cases where somebody is going to be traveling around the world, and the way that the state has provided for that is, you mail in your ballot,” Barr said in an interview with NPR last week. “I’m talking about a comprehensive rule where all the ballots are essentially mail-in, and there’s so many occasions for fraud there that cannot be policed.”
“I think it would be very bad. But one of the things I mentioned was the possibility of counterfeiting,” he added. When asked if he had evidence to warrant such a concern, Barr said, “No, it’s obvious.”
Barr also said he believes widespread mail-in voting could be a target for foreign countries.
“I have specific reason to believe that there are a number of foreign countries that do want to sow discord in the United States by undermining confidence in the results of the election. And I think if we do adopt programs of mail-in, that will be an area which they will exploit,” he said.
When asked if he thought an election conducted mainly by mail could be secure, Barr responded, “Personally, no.”
Prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have been pushing for increased mail-in voting, citing coronavirus fears. Republicans, including President Trump and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, have opposed it, warning about potential fraud.
Some Democrats, including former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, have dismissed voter fraud as largely being a “myth.”
Author: Andrew Mark Miller
Source: Washington Examiner: Barr: Widespread mail-in voting ripe for fraud ‘that cannot be policed’