Deanna Swenson, a former Clackamas County elections employee, pleaded not guilty in Circuit Court this afternoon to charges of ballot tampering. Swenson, 55, did not speak during the two-minute arraignment. The Beavercreek resident’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 16. Swenson, a part-time temporary elections employee and a registered Republican, allegedly filled in down-ballot races left blank to cast additional votes for Republicans around Oct. 30 or 31.
A Clackamas County grand jury indicted her Nov. 28 on two counts each of unlawfully altering a cast ballot, unlawfully voting more than once and first-degree official misconduct.
Tampering with ballots and voting more than once are Class C felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $125,000 fine. Official misconduct is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in a jail and a $6,250 fine.