OREGON CITY, Ore. -- An Oregon City woman has been indicted by a Clackamas County grand jury for ballot tampering in the November general election, KGW has learned.
Deanna Swenson, 55, worked as a temporary elections worker. Sources told KGW she selected Republican candidates for races that voters had left blank.
Swenson was charged with two counts each of unlawfully altering a cast ballot, unlawfully voting more than once and first-degree official misconduct.
I didn't even know what happened until a co-worker pulled a ballot from underneath my hands, Swenson said. My mind had slipped and it was almost like I was at home filling out a ballot. This is an isolated incident that was very unfortunate and didn't need to happen. It was definitely not intentional.
I apologize to my family and friends to the community and to every voter, every voter out there that was affected by this incident, and I'm concerned by my health cause this was not an intentional act, she said.
Secretary of State Kate Brown said Thursday that Oregon has zero tolerance for voter fraud and the case will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Security procedures are in place to detect this kind of conduct, Brown added. The system worked and no person s ballot was impacted. Oregonians can be confident in their election results.
Swenson was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.
The state Justice Department started investigating the allegations on Oct. 31.
The integrity of Oregon elections is of paramount importance, said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. The Department of Justice has made this investigation a high priority since the allegations came to light.
KGWReporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report.