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Ex-election worker gets 90 days in tampering case

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A former Clackamas County elections worker has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after admitting she tampered with two ballots in the days before the November election.

Deanna Swenson of Oregon City was arrested last fall after another election worker saw her filling in ovals on ballots where preferences had been left empty by voters.

Swenson pleaded guilty Thursday to official misconduct and unlawfully altering a cast ballot. Besides the jail sentence, she was ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and perform community service.

Secretary of State Kate Brown said in a statement that the prosecution sends a strong message that voter fraud won’t be tolerated.

Her office says that Swenson is the 13th person to be prosecuted for voter fraud since 2000.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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