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|An election worker in Oregon is facing a criminal investigation for allegedly altering multiple ballots to benefit Republican candidates.
In a press release on Monday, Clackamas County spokesperson Tim Heider said that 55-year-old Deanna Swenson had been "relieved of duty immediately after the alleged ballot tampering was discovered."
Swenson, who was registered as a Republican, was accused of filling in a Republican straight ticket on ballots where voters did not specify a choice.
Contacted by Willamette Week, Swenson tearfully insisted that it was "only the two" ballots that had been altered.
The Oregon Department of Justice began an investigation last week after an elections official reportedly observed ballots being altered.
"At this point, it is unclear how many ballots the employee at issue had access to, or what will be done with those ballots," ...