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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958

The Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [229]-[260] PDF (11.0 MB)

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236                   WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK
force until the same shall have been submitted to a vote of the people at
a general election, and approved by a majority of all the votes cast on
that question at such election; and provided further, that the legislature
may provide for the registration of electors, and prescribe proper rules
and regulations therefor.
  Who not electors. Section 2. No person under guardianship, non com-
pOS 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 saved. 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.
  Military stationing does not confer residence. 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 convicted
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 hun-
dred. 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.
  Qualification 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.

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