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Newscast 02.24.23: Bill would make any vote cast by an Iowan registering on Election Day provisional ; Objections to lawsuit filed by former SC School Sup. Gausman; Youth Art in focus

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A painting displayed at the SC Art Center as part of Youth Art Month

A bill proposed by Republican Iowa senators would make any vote cast by an Iowan who registers on Election Day provisional until officials could verify the voter’s information a second time.

All ballots would be recorded, preserved and be considered public information — including which candidates were selected, but without any of the voter’s identifying information; and Iowans could challenge voter registration information across county lines.

The Sioux City Community School District and school board members are asking a request to have them removed from office be stricken from a lawsuit filed by former Superintendent Paul Gausman, according to the Sioux City Journal.

Gausman filed a lawsuit in Woodbury County District Court in January claiming school board members Dan Greenwell, Jan George, Taylor Goodvin and Bob Michaelson violated Iowa Open Meetings laws.

The school board voted in November 2022 to file a complaint regarding Gausman with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Greenwell filed the complaint claiming that Gausman tried to bribe Michaelson and George before their official swearing-in. Greenwell says Gausman was trying solicit their support to re-elect Perla Alarcon-Flory to board president.

Gausman alleges that board members held two illegal meetings citing the wrong Iowa code sections to avoid notifying Gausman or the public of their discussion of him and the board decision to file a complaint against him with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Gausman wants the four school board members removed from their elected positions as well as monetary damages and attorney fees.

The Sioux City Art Center is celebrating youth art month with the 34th annual youth art exhibition from now until april 9th. The director of the art center education coordinator Kim Albracht says this year’s exhibition features 69 works of art from middle school students in grades six through eight from 15 schools.

A public opening reception will be held Sunday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the art center with awards presented at 2 p.m.

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