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3-7-7. Annexation; election of three members from territory proposed to be annexed; notice; polling places; election officials; ballots; canvass of votes.

A.     Within ten days after the filing of the resolution and plat of the territory proposed to be annexed, the county clerk shall publish a notice stating that an election will be held for the purpose of electing three members to a board of arbitration that shall determine if the territory is to be annexed to the municipality. The notice shall include a description of the boundary of the territory proposed to be annexed. The date of election shall not be less than fifty days nor more than sixty days after the date of first publication of the notice.   

B.     These three members shall be qualified electors and owners of real property within the territory proposed to be annexed. If there are less than three qualified electors and owners of real property residing within the territory proposed to be annexed, the district court shall appoint three members of the board to represent the territory proposed to be annexed and they need not be residents of this territory.   

C.     Petitions of nomination for the three members on the board of arbitration may be filed with the county clerk from the date of first publication of the notice of election until thirty-five days before the day of election. The petition shall be signed either by not less than ten percent of the qualified electors residing in the territory desired to be annexed or by not less than twenty-five qualified electors residing in the territory desired to be annexed. No elector may sign more than three petitions of nomination.   

D.     The board of county commissioners of the county in which the territory proposed to be annexed lies shall designate the polling places which shall not be less in number than the polling places existing in the area at the last general election. At the election all qualified electors who reside in the territory proposed to be annexed may vote.   

E.     The board of county commissioners shall appoint one judge and not less than two clerks of election for each polling place, or not less than two clerks of election for each voting machine. The board of county commissioners shall furnish the election supplies and ballots. Each ballot shall contain the names of all candidates who have filed petitions of nomination. The ballot shall also have printed on it the words "Vote for any three".   

F.     The ballots cast shall be counted by the election officials and the results certified by the county clerk. Within three days after the election, the board of county commissioners shall canvass the votes cast and shall issue certificates of election as members of the board of arbitration to the three candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.   

G.     If within three days after the day of the election the board of county commissioners is unable to determine who has been elected to the board of arbitration, the board of county commissioners shall certify such determination to the district court or if there is a vacancy in such membership, the district court wherein the municipality lies shall appoint within three days the member of the board of arbitration. The member so appointed shall have the same qualifications as required as if he had been elected a member of the board of arbitration.   

H.     The actual expense of the election shall be paid by the municipality proposing to annex the territory.