Montana Code Annotated 1995

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     7-2-2215. Election on question of creating new county -- proclamation and notice. (1) Within 2 weeks after its determination of the truth of the allegations of the petition, the board of county commissioners shall order and give notice of an election to be held for the purpose of determining whether the territory proposed to be taken from the county is to be established and organized into a new or enlarged county, for the election of officers, and for the location of a county seat if the vote at the election is in favor of the establishment and organization of a new county formed from a portion of one existing county or from portions of two or more existing counties.
     (2) The question of determining whether the proposed territory is taken from the county and added to the proposed new county must be included on the ballot for the next regular or primary election scheduled not less than 60 days after the date of the order and notice.
     (3) All registered electors of the county are entitled to vote at the election. Registration and transfers of registration must be made and must close in the manner and at a time provided by law for registration and transfers of registration for a general election in Montana.
     (4) If the proposed new county is an existing county to be enlarged by territory taken from the county in which the petition was filed, the board of county commissioners of the proposed new county shall hold an election in the manner described in subsections (1) through (3).

     History: En. Sec. 3, Ch. 226, L. 1919; re-en. Sec. 4394, R.C.M. 1921; re-en. Sec. 4394, R.C.M. 1935; amd. Sec. 8, Ch. 406, L. 1973; R.C.M. 1947, 16-505(part); amd. Sec. 269, Ch. 571, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 9, Ch. 742, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 387, L. 1995.

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