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A. The town clerk shall inspect timely filed initiative or referendum petitions and the attached affidavits, and may do so by examining the information on signature lines for patent defects, by comparing the information on signature lines against a list of registered electors provided by the county, or by other reasonable means.

B. After examining the petition, the town clerk shall issue a statement as to whether a sufficient number of valid signatures have been submitted. A copy of the statement shall be mailed to the persons designated as representing the petition proponents pursuant to subsection 1-21-7B of this chapter.

C. The statement of sufficiency or insufficiency shall be issued no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the petition has been filed. If the town clerk fails to issue a statement within thirty (30) calendar days, the petition shall be deemed sufficient. (Ord. 12, Series 2010)