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Wisconsin County Responsibility for Acts of Sheriff Amendment, Question 1 (April 1982)

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The Wisconsin County Responsibility for Acts of Sheriff Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 6, 1982 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VI, Section 4 of the state constitution to allow the legislature to permit or require counties to be responsible for the acts of the sheriff.[1]

Election results

County Responsibility for Acts of Sheriff
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 316,156 58.99%
No219,75241.01%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1983-1984

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 4 of article VI of the constitution be amended to provide that the legislature may, by law, permit or require counties to be responsible for the acts of the sheriff?"[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article VI] Section 4. (1) Sheriffs, coroners, register registers of deeds, district attorneys, and all other elected county officers except judicial officers and chief executive officers, shall be chosen by the electors of the respective counties once in every two 2 years.
(2) The offices of coroner and surveyor in counties having a population of 500,000 or more are abolished. Counties not having a population of 500,000 shall have the option of retaining the elective office of coroner or instituting a medical examiner system. Two or more counties may institute a joint medical examiner system.
(3) Sheriffs shall hold no other office, they. Sheriffs may be required by law to renew their security from time to time, and in default of giving such new security their office shall be deemed vacant, but the county shall never be made responsible for the acts of the sheriff.
(4) The governor may remove any elected county officer mentioned in this section mentioned, giving to such the officer a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity of being heard in his defence.
(5) All vacancies in the offices of sheriff, coroner, register of deeds or district attorney shall be filled by appointment, and the. The person appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold office only for the unexpired portion of the term to which he shall be appointed and until his a successor shall be elected and qualified.</i>[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 99 & JR 38 (1979)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 7 & JR 15 (1981)[2]

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