People of Northwest Public Radio
Thu November 29, 2012
Election Temp Swenson Indicted For Ballot Fraud In Oregon
A Clackamas County grand jury indicted a temporary elections worker for allegedly altering ballots.
The state Attorney General's office says 55-year-old Deanna Swenson faces four felony charges and two misdemeanors around a late October incident. An elections observer claimed to see her marking a ballot that had only been partially filled out, in the Clackamas ballot counting area. The county contacted the Secretary of State's office, who in turn asked state prosecutors to intervene.
Jeff Manning is with the Oregon Justice Department.
"I think it's safe to say we are dealing with a small number of ballots. We can't elaborate much with a trial pending. There are two counts of altering a cast ballot."
Swenson's also charged with voting more than once and official misconduct.
She will be arraigned soon, but no date has been set.
Asked about the indictment, Clackamas County Elections Chief Sherry Hall has no comment. Secretary of State Kate Brown says the case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Copyright 2012 Oregon Public Broadcasting
UPDATE: Swenson's arraignment is set for next Tuesday.