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Wisconsin Legislative Removal of Judges Amendment, Question 2 (April 1974)

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The Wisconsin Legislative Removal of Judges Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 2, 1974 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the legislature legislature to remove judges with a two-thirds vote for cause.[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 493,496 71.80%
No193,86728.20%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1975

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 13 of article VII of the constitution be amended to empower the legislature, by vote of two·thirds of the members elected to each house, to remove county and municipal judges for cause in accordance with procedures established by law?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article VII) Section 13. Any judge of the supreme or, circuit, county or municipal court may be removed from office by address of both houses of the legislature, if two·thirds of all the members elected to each house concur therein, but no removal shall be made by virtue of this section unless the judge complained of shall have been served with a copy of the charges against him, as the ground of address, and shall have had an opportunity of being heard in his defense. On the question of removal, the ayes and noes shall be entered on the journals.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 31 & JR 30 (1971)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 55 & JR 25 (1973)[2]

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