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sufficient to complete a petition), the Board of Election Supervisors of said City or
County shail provide at the next general or congressional election, occurring after such
demand or the filing of such petition, for the election of a charter board of eleven
registered_voters of said City or five registered voters in any such Counties. Nominations
for members for said charter board may be made not less than forty days prior to said
election by the Mayor of Baltimore and City Council of the City of Baltimore or the
County Commissioners of such County, or not less than twenty days prior to said election
by petition bearing the signatures written in their own handwriting (and not by their
mark) of not less than 5% of the registered voters of the said City of Baltimore or said
County; provided that in any case Two thousand signatures of registered voters shall be
sufficient to complete any such nominating petition, and if not more than eleven
registered voters of the City of Baltimore or not more than five registered voters in any
such County are so nominated printed on the ballot, but said
eleven registered voters in the City of Baltimore or five in such County shall constitute
said charter board from and after the date of said election. At said election the ballot
shall contain the names of said nominees in alphabetical order without any indication of
the source of their nomination. and shall also be so arranged as to permit the voter to vote
for or against the creation of said charter board but the vote cast against said creation
shall not be held to bar the voter from expressing his choice among the_nominees_for_said
board. and if the majority of the votes cast for and against the creation of said charter
board_shall be against said creation the election of the members of said charter board
shall be void, but if such majority shall be in favor of the_creation_of_charter_board.
then and in that event the eleven nominees of the City of Baltimore or five nominees in
the County receiving the largest number of votes shall constitute the charter board, and
said charter board of a majority thereof, shall prepare within [twelve] 18 months from
the date of said election a charter or form of government for said city or such county and
present the same to the_-Mayor of Baltimore or President of the Board of County
Commissioners of sueh county, who shall publish the same in at least two newspapers of
general circulation published in the City of Baltimore or County within thirty days after it
shall be reported_ to him._Such charter shall_ be submitted to the voters of said City or
County at_the_nex t_general or Congressional election after the report of said charter to
said Mayor of Baltimore or President of the Board of County Commissioners; and if a
majority of the votes cast for and against the adoption of said charter shall be in favor of
such adoption, the said charter from and after the thirtieth day from the date of such
election shall become the law of said City or County, subject only to the Constitution and
Public General Laws of this State, and any public local laws inconsistent with the
provisions of said charter and any former charter of the City of Baltimore or County shall
be thereby repealed.
1A,
The procedure provided in this section for adoption of a charter may be used in any
county in lieu of the procedures provided in Section 1 of this Article, and a charter
adopted pursuant to this section has the effect of a charter adopted in accordance with
the provisions of Section 1. The board of county commissioners of any county at any time
may appoint a charter board. Said charter board shall be registered voters and shall
consist of an uneven number of members, not fewer than five or more than nine. The
board of county commissioners shall appoint a charter board within thirty days after


 
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