PHOENIX — At a Phoenix press conference today, Attorney General Bill Barr erroneously warned of “significant risks” of universal mail-in voting, falsely claiming that it “opens the floodgates to potential fraud and coercion.” Without any evidence to back up his claims, Barr suggested that “there are going to be ballots floating around and collected” and said there is a “risk of counterfeit” on behalf of foreign countries.
In reality, there is no evidence supporting Barr and President Trump’s repeatedly debunked claims about voter fraud. Arizona election officials, Republican lawyers, independent fact-checkers, and even Governor Doug Ducey have all noted that vote-by-mail is safe and secure.
Doug Ducey said in the Oval Office that it’s “difficult, if not impossible to cheat” with Arizona’s mail-in voting system.
Benjamin Ginsberg, a top Republican election lawyer, wrote that “after decades of looking for illegal voting, there’s no proof of widespread fraud.”
Virginia Ross, the Pinal County recorder and president of the Arizona Recorders Association, and Lisa M. Marra, the Cochise County elections director and president of the Elections Officials of Arizona, wrote that mail-in voting is the “safest option for voters, election workers and voting sites. It provides a way for people to participate in their democracy while implementing the COVID-19 prevention recommendations.”
Associated Press Fact Check: Despite “Attorney General William Barr [warning] of the potential of substantial fraud in voting by mail, … multiple studies have debunked the notion of pervasive voter fraud in general and in the vote-by-mail process.
Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson Tyler Cherry released the following statement:
“Arizona has a rich history of voting by mail, and we’ve long shown how it can be done safely and securely. Even Doug Ducey has said as much directly to President Trump in the Oval Office. Scare tactics, lies, and fear mongering from Washington D.C. politicians won’t work on Arizonans who know that the only significant threat to our elections are politicized attempts to undermine our faith in our sacred voting process.”