Wisconsin Allowable Roles of Judges After Leaving Judiciary, Amendment 3 (April 1995)

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The Proposed Wisconsin Amendment 3, also known as the Eligibility of Judges for Nonjudicial Office question, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1995 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

If the proposal had been approved, it would have amended Section 10(1) of Article VII of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow judges to assume "nonjudicial office[s] of public trust" if they vacated their judicial office during the term for which they were elected.

Election results

Eligibility of Judges for Nonjudicial Office
Defeatedd No503,23956.29%
Yes 390,744 43.71%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1995-1996

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Eligibility of judges for nonjudicial office. Shall section 10 (1) of article VII of the constitution be amended to permit a judge to assume a nonjudicial office of public trust after vacating the judicial office during that term of office?[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article VII] Section 10 (1) No justice of the supreme court or judge of any court of record shall hold any other office of public trust, except a judicial office, during the term for which elected. No person shall be eligible to the office of judge who shall not, at the time of election or appointment, be a qualified elector within the jurisdiction for which chosen.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 81 & JR 20 (1993)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 15& JR 4 (1995)[2]

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