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Oregon woman suspected of ballot tampering enters plea

OREGON CITY (AP) — A former Clackamas County elections worker charged with ballot tampering has pleaded not guilty.

The Oregonian reports that Deanna Swenson did not speak Tuesday during her brief arraignment in Circuit Court in Oregon City. Her next court appearance is set for Jan. 16.

The 55-year-old registered Republican is accused of filling in down-ballot races left blank to cast additional votes for Republicans around Oct. 30 or 31.

A grand jury has indicted her on charges of altering a cast ballot, unlawfully voting more than once and official misconduct.

She apologized last Thursday from her lawyer’s office, saying a prescription drug she was taking clouded her thinking.

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The News-Review Updated Dec 5, 2012 11:19AM Published Dec 14, 2012 10:33AM Copyright 2012 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.