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Wisconsin Dueling and Disenfranchisement Amendment, Question 4 (April 1975)

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The Wisconsin Dueling and Disenfranchisement Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 1, 1975 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article XIII, Section 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution to repeal a unique provision that barred people from voting or holding public office if they had been found guilty of dueling.[1]

Election results

Question 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 395,616 58.32%
No282,72641.68%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1975

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 2 of article XIII of the constitution, which provides penalties unique shall to the offense of dueling, be amended to eliminate the requirement that person who engages in a duel shall be forever disqualified from voting or holding public office?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article XIII) Section 2. Any inhabitant of this state who may hereafter be engaged, either directly or indirectly, in a duel, either as principal or accessory, shall forever be disqualified as an elector, and from holding any office under the constitution and laws of this state, and may be punished in such a manner as shall be prescribed by law.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 6 & JR 10 (1973)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 4 & JR 4 (1975)[2]

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