“I know things can happen like this,” Barr added when asked if he thought the same could happen with mail-in ballots. “Because I know that people move, a very high percentage in the United States, people move all the time. And I also know that you can easily get things out of mailboxes.”
There are also no widespread reports of people withdrawing ballots in the absence of mailboxes, as Barr suggested it was possible.
Barr said his concerns are not about limited voting by mail, but the scale required for a general election.
“I’m not talking about a mail ballot for a limited number of cases where someone, you know, is going to travel around the world, and the way the state has provided it is that you mail your ballot,” he said. “I am talking about a comprehensive rule where all ballots are essentially mailed, and there are so many occasions of fraud there that they cannot be controlled.”
Barr added: “I think it would be very bad. But one of the things I mentioned was the possibility of counterfeiting.”
When asked if he had evidence to support that specific concern, Barr replied, “No, it’s obvious.”
“Why do you think we are going to the problems we are making when making dollar bills?” He said, adding, “Because they make counterfeiting difficult.”
When asked if the mail ballots did not go through similar investigative procedures, Barr said “they are quite primitive.”
CNN’s Michael Warren, Manu Raju and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.