At the time fixed the court shall examine said petition, and, if any exceptions are
filed thereto, a hearing shall be held thereon. If the petition be found to be defective, it shall be dismissed, but without prejudice
to the filing of other petitions at any time for the same purpose. If the petition be found to be in proper form, the court shall, as soon as practicable
thereafter, make an order directing the county board of elections to include in the
next municipal or general election to be held not less than sixty days thereafter,
as a question to be voted upon by the qualified voters of both of the borough or township
proposed to be annexed and of the city of the second class A affected thereby:
“Shall the borough (or township) of ․․․․․․․․․․․․ be annexed to the city of ․․․․․․․․․․․․?” or substantially similar wording. This question shall be followed on the voting machine labels or ballot labels by
the words “yes” and “no” with appropriate squares or markings to permit the said voters
to vote conveniently upon said question. The voting upon such question and the computation and return thereof shall be in
accordance with existing law as to votes taken upon other questions submitted to the
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