Claims Vs. Facts
Voter Registration Lists & Files
Claim: Counties turn over their entire voter registration list to Runbeck Election Services (Runbeck).
Fact: Counties send Runbeck a limited data extract list of eligible voters that includes only enough information to determine the correct ballot and the address to send the mail packet. No additional private identifiable information is included.
Claim: Runbeck maintains voter registration lists, but does not update and clean the voter registration data, leaving voters that have moved and/or died on the lists.
Fact: State and Federal laws, including the National Voter Registration Act (52 U.S.C. 20501-20511), dictate that voter registration management is solely the responsibility of county and state customers of Runbeck. Runbeck does not manage, update, or alter who is on these lists, or voter addresses. Runbeck uses the list of eligible voters and their addresses it receives from its customers to produce absentee/vote by mail packets.
Claim: There is no paper shortage; this is an excuse to get Americans to use DRE/electronic ballots.
Fact: It is a documented fact that we are in a nationwide paper shortage, affecting many different industries.
Obtaining paper for envelopes and inserts also continues to be a challenge. Runbeck manages this supply chain risk with pre-planning and early ordering. Runbeck was able to secure enough paper allocations from paper suppliers to ensure that its election partners will have enough paper to print their paper ballots for the 2022 election cycle.
Claim: Runbeck and Maricopa County used lots of different kinds of paper for printing ballots.
Fact: In 2020 Maricopa County ballots printed by Runbeck were all produced on Rolland 80 lb. VoteSecur® paper, which Maricopa used for all their ballots. This ballot paper is specifically designed for ballots and is recommended by the tabulation vendor.
In 2022, Maricopa County ballots printed by Runbeck were all produced on Rolland 100 lb. VoteSecur® paper, which Maricopa used for all their ballots. This ballot paper is specifically designed for ballots and is recommended by the tabulation vendor.
Claim: Runbeck prints more ballots than there are voters. In the 2020 election, Runbeck printed twice as many ballots than were needed for the election in Maricopa County.
Fact: Runbeck prints the exact number of ballots for each ballot style that a county orders. Using the eligible voter data sent by the county, the specific ballot is printed for each voter’s ballot packet. In 2020, Runbeck produced over 3.6 million vote by mail ballot packets for Maricopa County; approximately 1.5 million for the August Primary, and approximately 2.16 million for the November General Election. Primary elections have fewer vote by mail ballots because voters not registered in a recognized party must tell the county which party ballot they wish to vote before they can be sent.
Claim: USPS returns undelivered absentee/vote by mail packets to Runbeck.
Fact: All mail packets are printed with the county department or official’s address as the return address. All undeliverable mail packets are returned to the county or to the post office facility in the respective jurisdiction. Undeliverable absentee/vote by mail packets are never returned to Runbeck.
Images & Signature Verification
Claim: Runbeck takes and/or possesses ballot images from the absentee/vote by mail packets.
Fact: Early ballots returned to Maricopa County Elections before the voting deadline are transported by bipartisan Maricopa County elections staff to Runbeck where ballot envelopes are scanned by Runbeck equipment. Runbeck does not open ballot envelopes and does not capture the image of any voted ballots. Runbeck captures images of the unopened returned envelopes for Maricopa County only, which they use for audit and signature verification. Once unopened early ballot envelopes are scanned and appropriately sorted, bipartisan Maricopa County elections staff pick up the sealed envelopes for further processing and tabulation at Maricopa County’s election facility. Runbeck’s role helps reduce the time it takes Maricopa County Elections to verify signatures.
Maricopa County bipartisan staff transport ballot envelopes to and from Runbeck regularly and the process is well documented. During the 2022 General Election, at the request of Maricopa County, political party observers were present at Runbeck as early ballots dropped off by voters on Election Day were delivered to Runbeck by bipartisan Maricopa County staff for the inbound scan of the envelope signature. This is confirmed by the Maricopa Republican Party: https://twitter.com/MaricopaGOP/status/1592182509932253184
Claim: Runbeck alters signature images from the mail packet.
Fact: Runbeck has no ability to change the image of the signature block on the envelope. We submit 100% of the signature images to Maricopa County for signature verification. All affidavit envelopes are returned unopened to and processed at Maricopa County Elections Department.
Claim: Runbeck knows who hasn’t voted, so it can “make up” and vote ballots for those who haven’t voted.
Fact: Runbeck has no knowledge of which voters have voted. Runbeck sends absentee/vote by mail packets out, but does not receive any back except for the unopened affidavit envelopes it scans for Maricopa County. Even for these unopened envelopes, Runbeck doesn’t know if there is a ballot inside and/or if a ballot has been voted. Runbeck also doesn’t know which voters have voted early or on Election Day at voting locations.
Ballot Tabulation and Tabulation Vendors
Claim: Runbeck tabulates ballots.
Fact: Runbeck does not tabulate or adjudicate ballots. Runbeck is not affiliated with any tabulation vendor.
Claim: Kevin Runbeck donates to political campaigns.
Fact: Runbeck Election Services is an Arizona-grown, fully American-held, privately owned company. Owner Kevin Runbeck was born and raised in Phoenix. Runbeck Election Services’ focus is elections. For this reason, Kevin made a personal decision and has not made campaign, PAC, or other political contributions, other than one donation to support the Arizona candidate for President in 2008 and a couple of donations to a print industry PAC to support postal reform issues in 2019. Kevin no longer makes any political donations.
Claim: Brian Runbeck is a major donor to ActBlue.
Fact: Brian Runbeck is Kevin Runbeck’s brother. He has no ownership stake in Runbeck Election Services nor any ownership of any Runbeck products. In 2020, Brian donated $1,050 to specific campaigns through Act Blue. He made a total of 28 donations that varied in value from $12.50 to $100. For 25 of these, he also contributed 10% of the donation to cover the credit card transaction fee. These tips varied in range from $2.50 to $10.00 for a total of $103. All 25 tips are considered a separate donation, as the FEC makes no distinction between the two. The FEC logs a donation twice if it is earmarked for a specific campaign; once when donated to ActBlue, and once again when transferred to the specific candidate’s campaign. Ultimately, Brian gave 53 donations ($1,050 + $103 in admin fees) for a total contribution amount of $1,153.00. Runbeck believes that political contributions are a matter of free speech protected under the First Amendment and believes that its employees should be allowed to exercise this right. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=Brian+Runbeck&two_year_transaction_period=2020
Maricopa County Audit
Claim: Runbeck did not respond to subpoenas to the Arizona State Senate.
Fact: Runbeck respects the Legislative and Judicial powers of subpoena. The Arizona State Senate never sent subpoenas to Runbeck. All subpoenas were sent to Maricopa County.
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