GIPS: Mauldin to be sworn in during special meeting next month

Katie Mauldin has been cleared of election fraud by the Hall County Attorney and the Hall...
Katie Mauldin has been cleared of election fraud by the Hall County Attorney and the Hall County Election Commissioner and will be sworn-in to the Grand Island school board Jan. 5.(KSNB-TV)
Published: Dec. 21, 2022 at 4:24 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2022 at 5:12 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools said Katherine Mauldin will be sworn in next month to serve on the GIPS Board. This comes following the findings from Hall County officials, clearing the GIPS board member-elect.

On Wednesday, the Hall County Election Commission, in cooperation with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Hall County Attorney’s Office, said it completed a residency review of Katherine Mauldin, a candidate-elect for Grand Island Public School Board in Ward C.

During the residency review, the commission looked at Mauldin’s voter registration documents, voting history, driver’s license information, Social Security information and property records. The commission also asked the Hall County Sheriff’s Office to provide assistance in obtaining other information commonly used in residency evaluations, such as utility bills, lease agreements and in-person reports of where Mauldin lives. This information was sought for three key points during the 2022 election cycle – January 18, 2022 when Mauldin filed for office, the May 10, 2022 primary election and the November 8, 2022 general election. Consultation with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office was also made.

“Residency is not a black and white issue, it is very gray and why we took a deeper dive on this question to ensure that our records were accurate and that we are following Nebraska’s election laws properly,” Hall County Election Commissioner Tracy Overstreet said.

GIPS said they are grateful for the Hall County Election Office and the lengths their team have taken to serve and inform the community. They said their work is a key part of the investigation process.

“After hearing concerns from patrons, we had initiated an investigation as to the residency qualifications of Katherine Mauldin,” said GIPS. “Our intent has been to ensure due diligence and provide Ms. Mauldin with ample opportunity to provide legitimate proof.”

They said in a release that having the Hall County Election Office find Ms. Mauldin a viable candidate is a huge step in the direction of resolving this process.

Overstreet said the final review of any candidate-elect is the responsibility of the political subdivision (i.e the Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education).

GIPS says the GIPS Board will host a special meeting on January 5 to swear-in the new members which will include the swearing-in of Ms. Mauldin to her seat alongside the other elected candidates.

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In a statement, Mauldin told Local4 she’s is ready to put this matter behind her and take her rightful seat on the school board.