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(1995-1996)

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


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                         Vote
     Date of                            Total Vote
 Art.      Sec.                  Subject                                
                            First Approval            Second Approval   
    Election       For       Against   for Governor
 IV         4,5 *Obsolete 1881 amendment reference                      
                       AJR 76    JR 36    1979    AJR 35    JR 29   1981
    Nov. 1982    919,349     238,884     1,580,340
 IV         30 *Elections by legislature                                
                          ".977,438                                
                                  193,679
 X            1 *Obsolete reference to election and term of superintendent
of public instruction AJR 76   JR 36  1979  AJR 35  JR 29  1981  Nov. 1982
 934,236   215,961
 X            2 *Obsolete reference to military draft exemption purchase
                          ".        ."      ."       ."
       ."      ."        ."       887,488     295,693
 XIV          3 *Obsolete transition from territory to statehood (also changed
           926,875     223,213
                    XIV-4 to 12; XIV-14, 15)
 XIV      16(1) *Obsolete transitional provisions of 1977 court reorganization
[also changed                                                           
           882,091     237,698
                    XIV-16 (2), (3), (5)]
 XIV      16(4) *Terms on supreme court effective date provision        
                          ".       ".       ".       ".
       ".      ".        "        960,540     190,366
 1            1 *Securing inherent rights of the people                 
                      AJR 9      JR 40    1983    AJR 9    JR 21    1985
    Apr. 1986    419,699      65,418       461,1183
 III        1-6 *Revision of suffrage defined by general law            
                      AJR 33     JR 30    1983    AJR 3    JR 14    1985
        "        401,911      83,183        "
 XIII         1 *Modernizing constitutional text                        
                          ..       ..       ..       ..        ..      ..
       ..9      404,273      82,512        "
 XIII        5 *Obsolete suffrage right on Indian land                  
                          ..       ..       ..       ..        ..      ..
       ..1      381,339     102,090       "
 IV      24(5) *Permitting pari-mutuel on-track betting                 
                      AJR 45    JR 36     1985    AJR 2    JR 3     1987
   Apr. 1987     580,089     529,729      837,7473
 IV      24(6) *Authorizing the creation of a state lottery             
                      SJR 1     JR 35     1985    AJR 3    JR 4     1987
   Apr. 1987     739,181     391,942        "
 VIII         1 Authorizing income tax credits or refunds for property or
sales taxes          AJR 117 JR 74       1987    SJR 9    JR 2     1989 
  Apr. 1989     405,765     406,863       882,7843
 V          10 *Redefining the partial veto power of the governor       
                      SJR 71    JR 76     1987    SJR 11   JR 39    1989
   Apr. 1990     387,068     252,481      685,8783
 VIII       10   Providing housing for persons of low or moderate income
                      AJR 101 JR 55       1989    AJR 7    JR 2     1991
   Apr. 1991     295,823     402,921             1
 VIII 7(2)(a) 1*Railways and other railroad facilities (also created VIII-
10)                 SJR76     JR 52     1989    SJR 30   JR 9     1991  
 Apr. 1992     650,592     457,690             1
 IV         26 *Legislative compensation, effective date                
                      AJR 47    JR54      1989    AJR 16   JR 13    1991
        "        736,832     348,645
 VIII        1   Residential property tax reduction                     
                      AJR 81    JR76      1989    SJR 12   JR 14    1991
   Nov. 1992     675,876   1,536,975    2,531,1144
 I         9m *Crime victims                                            
                      SJR 41    JR17      1991   SJR 3     JR 2     1993
   Apr. 1993     861,405     163,087     1,075,3862
 IV         24 *Gambling, limiting "lottery"; divorce under general
law (also amended          AJR 1     JR 27     SS     SJR 2     JR 3    
1993        "         623,987    435,180
                   IV-31,32)                                            
                                        June'92
 I           3   Removal of unnecessary references to masculine gender (also
amended           AJR 121 JR 21       1993   AJR 12    JR 3     1995    Apr.
1995     412,032    498,801       939,6763
                   1-3, 7, 9, 19, 21(2); IV-6, 12, 13, 23a; V-4, 6; VI-2;
                   VII-l, 12; XI-3a; XIII-4, 11, 12(6)
 IV   24(6)(a)   Authorizing sports lottery dedicated to athletic facilities
                  SJR 49    JR 27     1993   SJR 3     JR 2     1995    Apr.
1995     348,818    618,377
 VII     10(1)   Removal of restriction on judges holding nonjudicial public
office            AJR 81    JR 20     1993   AJR 15    JR 4     1995    Apr.
1995     390,744    503,239
                   after resignation during the judicial term
*Ratified.
tNo election for statewide office.   2Total vote for State Superintendent.
          3Total vote for Justice of Supreme Court.           4Total vote
for presidential delegate election.
5Ratified but declared invalid by Supreme Court in State ex rel. Owen v.
Donald, 160 Wis. 21, 151 N.W. 331.
6Ratified but declared invalid by Supreme Court in State ex rel. Thomson
v. Zimmerman, 264 Wis. 644, 60 N.W. 2nd 416.
7Recount resulted in rejection (342,132 to 342,309). However, the Dane County
Circuit Court ruled the recount invalid due to election irregularities and
that the referendum be resubmitted to the electorate.
   Resubmitted to the electorate November 1976 by the 1975 Wisconsin Legislature
through Ch. 224, s. 145r, Laws of 1975.
8Vote totals certified April 7, 1982, by the Board of State Canvassers.
Sources: Official records of the State Elections Board; Laws of Wisconsin,
1993 and previous volumes.
                                                                SUMMARY -
CHANGING THE WISCONSIN CONSTITUTION
    The procedure for amending the Wisconsin Constitution is different from
enacting a bill. To amend the Wisconsin Constitution, it is necessary for
2 consecutive Wisconsin Legislatures to adopt an
 identical amendment (known as "first consideration" and "second
consideration") and for a majority of the electorate to ratify the amendment
at a subsequent election. See Art XII, Sec. 1.
    Since the adoption of the Wisconsin Constitution in 1848, the electorate
has voted 135 out of 186 times to amend a total of 119 sections of the Constitution
(excluding the same vote for more than one
 item, but including a vote that was later resubmitted by the Legislature
and 2 votes declared invalid by the courts). The Wisconsin Legislature adopted
149 acts or joint resolutions to submit these changes
 to the electorate.
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