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Grand jury hands down indictment in ballot altering case

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A Clackamas County grand jury returned an indictment charging a former election office worker in a ballot tampering case.

Deanna Swenson faces two counts of unlawfully altering a cast ballot, two counts of unlawfully voting more than once and two counts of official misconduct.

Elections officials removed Swenson from her position processing county election ballot after another election worker claimed to see her marking a ballot that had been partially filled out.

Oregon's Department of Justice began investigating on Oct. 31.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said, "The integrity of Oregon elections is of paramount importance. The Department of Justice has made this investigation a high priority since the allegations came to light."

The allegations surfaced two weeks before the national election during Oregon's vote-by-mail process.

If Swenson is convicted she faces up to five years in prison for each of the first four charges and a year behind bars for the official misconduct counts. She's currently not in custody, and her first court appearance is Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

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