Secretary of State issues statement on tampering investigation

Secretary of State Kate Brown said Tuesday that up to six ballots had potentially been altered by a Clackamas County elections worker.

During a emergency Monday morning meeting of the Clackamas County Commission, a number of commissioners said they had been told that two ballots might have been altered. But the next day, Brown issued a statement raising the number to six.

“To date, Clackamas County, under supervision of my elections monitors, has identified six ballots that were potentially altered by the accused temporary county elections employee. The total number of ballots potentially affected is still under investigation by the Department of Justice," Brown said in the statement issued Tuesday afternoon

The county has identified Deanna Swenson as the temporary elections worker who altered the ballots, reportedly filling in races left blank to favor Republicans. Swenson has not been charged with a crime, however.

Ballots thought to be altered will be seized as evidence and not counted. However, ballots that Swenson processed that show no signs of tampering will be counted, Brown said.

“This is different information than was reported in the media yesterday. Media reported that Clackamas County officials shared that all potentially altered ballots would not be counted. This was inaccurate,” Brown said.

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