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Clackamas County election worker now accused of tampering with 6 ballots

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown said Clackamas County has now identified six ballots that were potentially tampered with by a county elections employee.

Brown said elections officials will now determine whether the original intent of the voter of each ballot can be proven. If the voter's intent can be established, the ballot will be counted to reflect what the original voter marked, Brown said.

Clackamas County officials identified the part-time elections division worker in question as Deanna Swenson, who was removed from her position Monday.

Swenson is accused of voting for Republican candidates on sections of two ballots that voters left blank.

County commissioners said the worker was observed filling in blank spaces on a ballot Oct. 31.

Ballot envelopes are opened at a table with observers registered with both major political parties, and the room has a space for the public to observe the process.

The allegations against Swenson have been referred to the Department of Justice for further investigation.

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