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Wisconsin Death Penalty, Question 2 (2006)

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The Wisconsin Death Penalty Question, also known as Question 2: Death penalty in Wisconsin, was an advisory question / Wisconsin referendum on the November 7, 2006 general election ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.[1]

The question sought to know voters opinions on enacting the death penalty in certain cases.

Election results

Wisconsin Question 2 (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,166,571 55.52%
No934,50844.48%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 2007-2008

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Should the death penalty be enacted in the state of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?[2]

Explanation

This is an advisory referendum only. Neither a "yes" vote nor a "no" vote will directly make any change in the law. The legislature and the governor are not bound by the results of this advisory referendum.

The present penalty for first-degree intentional homicide is life in prison. The court imposing a life sentence may also prevent the defendant from ever being released from prison. This is commonly referred to as life without the possibility of parole.

A "yes" vote would advise the members of the legislature that you want them to change the penalty for first-degree intentional homicide so that the penalty would be death when a person is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, and the conviction is supported by DNA evidence. The referendum question does not suggest what level of DNA evidence would be sufficient.

A no vote would inform the members of the legislature that you do not want them to change the present penalty for first-degree intentional homicide at this time.

Path to the ballot

  • The referendum was referred to ballot under SJR 5 & JR 58 of 2005.[2]

Campaign finance

Donors to the campaign against the measure:[3]

  • No Death Penalty Wisconsin: $91,188
  • ACLU-Wisconsin Against Death Penalty: $15,372
  • Catholic Sisters for Justice: $2,880
  • Wisconsin Catholic Conf-Oppose Death Penalty: $25
  • Total: $109,414

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