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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book

The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [221]-[252] PDF (11.1 MB)

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228                    WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
may provide for the registration of electors, and prescribe proper rules
and regulations therefor.
   Who not electors. Section 2. No person under guardianship, non
 compos mentis or insane shall be qualified to vote at any election; nor
 shall any person convicted of treason or felony be qualified to vote at
 any election unless restored to civil rights.
   Votes to be by ballot. Section 3. All votes shall be given by ballot
 except for such township officers as may by law be directed or allowed
 to be otherwise chosen.
   Residence not lost. Section 4. No person shall be deemed to have lost
 his residence in this state by reason of his absence on business of the
 United States or of this state.
   Soldiers not residents. Section 5. No soldier, seaman or marine in the
 army or navy of the United States shall be deemed a resident of this
 state in consequence of being stationed within the same.
   Exclusion from suffrage. Section 6. Laws may be passed excluding
 from the right of suffrage all persons who have been or may be con-
 victed of bribery or larceny, or of any infamous crime, and depriving
 every person who shall make or become directly or indirectly interested
 in any bet or wager depending upon the result of any election from the
 right to vote at such election.
                              ARTICLE IV
  Legislative power. Section 1. The legislative power shall be vested in
a senate and assembly.
  Legislature, how constituted. Section 2. The number of the members
  of the assembly shall never be less than fifty-four nor more than one
hundred. The senate shall consist of a number not more than one-third
nor less than one-fourth of the number of the members of the assembly.
  Apportionment. Section 3. At their first session after each enumera-
tion made by the authority of the United States, the legislature shall
apportion and district anew the members of the senate and assembly,
according to the number of inhabitants, excluding Indians not taxed,
soldiers, and officers of the United States army and navy.
  Assemblymen, how chosen. Section 4. The members of the assembly
shall be chosen biennially, by single districts, on the Tuesday succeeding
the first Monday of November after the adoption of this amendment, by
the qualified electors of the several districts, such districts to be bounded
by county, precinct, town or ward lines, to consist of contiguous territory
and be in as compact form as practicable.
  Senators, how chosen. Section 5. The senators shall be elected by
single districts of convenient contiguous territory, at the same time and
in the same manner as members of the assembly are required to be
chosen; and no assembly district shall be divided in the formation of a
senate district. The senate districts shall be numbered in the regular
series, and the senators shall be chosen alternately from the odd and
even-numbered districts. The senators elected or holding over at the
time of the adoption of this amendment shall continue in office till their
successors are duly elected and qualified; and after the adoption of this
amendment all senators shall be chosen for the term of four years.
  Qualifications of legislators. Section 6. No person shall be eligible to
the legislature who shall not have resided one year within the state, and
be a qualified elector in the district which he may be chosen to represent.
  Organization of legislature; compulsory attendance. Section 7. Each
house shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of
own members; and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do
business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may
compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under
such penalties as each house may provide.

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