Any member of the public may propose amendments to the charter in accordance with this section. A petitioner shall first file the full text of the proposed amendment with the officer in charge of holding elections who shall give the proposed amendment a number, which shall thereafter be the identifying number for the amendment, and shall transmit a copy of the proposal to the Prosecuting Attorney, who within ten working days of the filing date, shall formulate a concise statement, posed as a positive question, not to exceed fifty words, which shall express and give a true and impartial statement which shall be the ballot title. The prosecuting attorney shall file the ballot title with the officer in charge of holding elections, who shall provide notice of the ballot title to the petitioner. The ballot title shall be subject to appeal in accordinance with state law. Within fifteen working days after the ballot title is filed with the officer in charge of holding elections or, if the ballot title is appealed, within five working days after a final decision of the court, the officer in charge of holding elections shall confer with the petitioner to review and establish the form and style of the amendment petition as required by such officer.
The petitioner shall have one hundred twenty days from the day after such officer confers with the petitioner as to form and style of the amendment petition to collect the signatures of the registered voters of the county equal in number to not less than twenty percent of the number of votes cast in the the county in the last governor’s election. Each petition shall contain the warning clause prescribed by state law, the full text of the proposed amendment and the ballot title.
The officer in charge of holding elections shall verify the sufficiency of the signatures on the petition and, if it is validated, submit the proposal to the people at the next general election being not less than one hundred twenty days from the submission of the petition for signature verification.