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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thanks to a new state law property owners have until late November to send in petitions against the annexation of Monkey Junction by the City of Wilmington.

The New Hanover County Board of Elections sent out 2,032 letters to affected property owners. The board is now reviewing the petitions it’s gotten back so far.s gotten back so far.

Sixty percent of property owners must return the petition in order to block annexation.

“To date we’ve received back probably about 350,” New Hanover County Elections Director Marvin McFadyen said. “We have just begun this week with the protocol of opening the petitions determining the validity of that petition.”

For the petition to be valid the Board of Elections must be able to verify that the owner listed on the petition is the one that signed it. If so that petition will be certified by the board to the City of Wilmington as a valid denial petition.

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