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Wisconsin Grand Jury System Amendment, Question 1 (1870)

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The Wisconsin Grand Jury System Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 8, 1870 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article I, Section 8 of the Wisconsin Constitution to remove the grand jury system.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 48,894 72.44%
No18,60627.56%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Against the grand jury system
For the grand jury system[2]

Notes:

  • "Against the grand jury system" meant to vote for the amendment.
  • "For the grand jury system" meant to vote against the amendment.
  • The two statements would have been printed on separate tickets to put in a ballot box.[2]

Constitutional changes

SECTION 8. No person shall be held to answer for a criminal offense without due process of law, and no person, for the same offense, shall be put twice in jeopardy of punishment, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself. All persons shall before conviction be bailable by sufficient sureties, except for capital offenses when the proof is evident or the presumption great; and the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 6 & JR 7(1869)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 3 & JR 3 (1870)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.118 (1870)[1]

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