Election worker indicted in ballot-tampering case
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A grand jury has indicted a former Clackamas County election worker accused of tampering with ballots before the November election.
The state Department of Justice said Thursday that 55-year-old Deanna Swenson of Oregon City has been charged with altering a cast ballot, unlawfully voting more than once and official misconduct.
Swenson, a temporary employee hired before election, reportedly filled in Republican ovals on ballots where preferences had been left empty by voters.
The misconduct was seen and reported in late October. Officials have not said how many ballots might have been altered, but say the alleged action did not affect any races.
Swenson has yet to be taken into custody. She did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.