When it is desired to form a new county out of an unincorporated area or one or more
contiguous cities or to change the boundaries of a city-county and an existing contiguous
county, a petition praying for the formation of the new county or for the change in
the boundaries of the city-county and the contiguous county shall be presented to
the governing body of each city-county or county affected by the proposed formation
or boundary change. The petition shall describe the territory proposed to be formed into the new county
or transferred from the city-county to the contiguous county, together with the name
of the proposed new county, if the petitioners seek formation of a new county. The petition shall be signed by a number of qualified electors registered in the territory
to be formed into the new county or registered in the territory to be transferred
to the contiguous county after the change in boundaries that is equal to 15 percent
of the votes cast within such territory for all candidates for Governor at the election
at which a Governor was elected next preceding the filing of the petition.
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