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(1995-1996)

Wisconsin Constitution,   pp. [195]-244 PDF (20.9 MB)


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         STATEWIDE REFERENDA ELECTIONS OTHER THAN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS-Continued
     Date of           Vote
                                                 Question               
                                              Law Submitting            
    Election       For     Against
  3% retail sales tax for veterans bonus; advisory referendum.............................................
 SJR58  JR62        1947       Nov. 1948    258,497  825,990
  4-year term for constitutional officers; advisory referendum............................................
 SJRl1  JR13        1951       Apr. 1951     210,821  328,613
  Apportionment of legislature by area and population; advisory referendum
........................................... Ch.728  1951       Nov. 1952
   689,615  753,092
  *New residents entitled to vote for president and vice president...........................................
    Ch.76         1953       Nov. 1954     550,056  414,680
  State-wide educational television tax-supported; advisory referendum....................................
AJR74  JR66        1953       Nov. 1954     308,385  697,262
  *Daylight saving time............................... ............................................
                      Ch.6           1957         Apr. 1957     578,661 
480,656
  *Ex-residents entitled to vote for president and vice president............................................
    Ch.512        1961       Nov. 1962     627,279  229,375
  Gasoline tax increase for highway constructions .....................................................
 AJR3    JR3          SS'63       Apr. 1964     150,769  889,364
  *New residents entitled to vote after 6 months........................................................
        Chs.88,89     1965       Nov. 1966     582,389  256,246
  State control and funding of vocational education ....................................................
  AJR12  JR4           1969       Apr. 1969     292,560  409,789
  *Recreational lands bonding .....................................................................
       AJR17          JR5            1969         Apr. 1969     361,630 
322,882
  *Water pollution abatement bonding ...............................................................
         .......99                                             446,763  246,968
  *New residents entitled to vote after 10 days.........................................................
        Ch.85         1975       Nov. 1976   1,017,887  660,875
  *Presidential voting revised.......................................................................
                    Ch.394         1977        Nov. 1978      782,181  424,386
  *Overseas voting revised .............................................................................9658,289
                                                            524,029
  *Public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts................................................
    Ch.299        1979       Nov. 1980   1,210,452  355,024
  *Nuclear weapons moratorium and reduction; advisory referendum.......................................
 AJR99    JR38          1981       Sept. 1982   641,514  205,018
  *Nuclear waste site locating; advisory referendum ....................................................
  AJR5    JR5           1983       Apr. 1983      78,327  628,414
  *Gambling casinos on excursion vessels; advisory referendum...........................................
  WisAct 321            1991       Apr. 1993     465,432  604,289
  *Gambling casino restrictions; advisory referendum ...................................................
  WisAct 321            1991       Apr. 1993     646,827  416,722
  *Video poker and other forms of video gambling allowed; advisory referendum..............................
WisAct 321         1991       Apr. 1993     358,045  702,864
  *Pari-mutuel on-track betting continuation; advisory referendum.........................................
WisAct 321         1991        Apr. 1993     548,580  507,403
*State-operated lottery continuation; advisory referendum ..............................................
  WisAct 321          1991       Apr. 1993    773,306 287,585
*Ratified.
tln Gillespie v. Palmer, 20 Wis. (1866) 544, the Supreme Court ruled that
Ch.137, 1849, extending suffrage to colored persons, was ratified November
6, 1849.
2Presidential suffrage for women, granted by Ch.5, 1919, was not ordered
submitted to the people.
Source: Official records of the State Elections Board; Laws of Wisconsin,
1993 and previous volumes.
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                                                              SUMMARY - STATEWIDE
REFERENDA ELECTIONS
   Excluding measures involving amendments to the state constitution, statewide
referenda are submitted to the electorate by the Wisconsin Legislature for
the following purposes: 1) to ratify a
law extending the right of suffrage, a constitutional requirement; 2)1to
make the effectiveness of a law contingent on ratification; and 3) to seek
the opinion of the electorate through an advisory
referendum.
   Since the establishment of statehood in 1848, the Wisconsin Legislature
has sent 51 questions to the Wisconsin electorate in referendum form through
the passage of 45 acts or joint resolu-
tions.
  During territorial times, the territorial legislature sent 4 questions
to the electorate. Of these 4 questions, 2 were passed: to allow for the
formation of a state government and the ratification
of the state constitution.
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