Wisconsin Constitutional Amending Procedure Amendment, Question 3 (April 1964)

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The Wisconsin Constitutional Amending Procedure Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1964 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article VII, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for multiple amendments on a single ballot measure when reasonably related.[1]

Election results

Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No582,04564.69%
Yes 317,676 35.31%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1966

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 1 of article XII of the state constitution be amended to permit the inclusion of several reasonably related items in a single proposition when submitting proposed constitutional amendments to the people?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article XII) Section 1. Any amendment or amendments to this constitution may be proposed in either house of the legislature, and if the same shall be agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses, such proposed amendment or amendments shall be entered on their journals, with the yeas and nays taken thereon, and referred to the legislature to be chosen at the next general election, and shall be published for three months previous to the time of holding such election; and if, in the legislature so next chosen, such proposed amendment or amendments shall be agreed to by a majority of all the members elected to each house, then It shall be the duty of the legislature to submit such proposed amendment or amendments to the people in such manner and at such time as the legislature shall prescribe; and if the people shall approve and ratify such amendment or amendments by a majority of the electors voting thereon, such amendment or amendments shall become part of the constitution; provided, that if more than one amendment be submitted, they shall be submitted In such manner that the people may vote for or against such amendments separately; this provision shall be liberally construed in favor of the validity of any changes submitted by the legislature as a single amendment; in any event, if a proposed amendment includes only changes which are reasonably related to each other or to the same or similar subjects, it may be submitted as a single amendment.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 15 & JR 30 (1961)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 1 & JR 1 (1963 Special Session)[2]

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