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Clackamas election worker identified

Deanna Swenson allegedly altered ballots

A temporary worker with the Clackamas County Elections Division under investigation for possible ballot tampering has since been fired.

Clackamas County spokesman Tim Heider reported Monday afternoon that Deanna Swenson was “relieved of duty” immediately after the allegations of fraud surfaced Oct. 31. Swenson worked part-time in the elections division, but was not a county employee, Heider confirmed.

The Oregon Department of Justice has been investigating Swenson since last week. Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall has stated that the clerk’s office “immediately reported” the possible violations to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office last Wednesday.

Swenson was allegedly caught “filling in blank spaces on a ballot,” according to a statement released by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon following an emergency meeting to discuss the issue. The board said it is unsure how many ballots may have been tampered with.

At this time, Swenson has not been charged or arrested.