Vote button trans.png
April's Project of the Month
It's spring time. It's primary election season!
Click here to find all the information you'll need to cast your ballot.




Wisconsin Pocket Ballot and Coupon Voting System Referendum, Question 1 (April 1906)

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Voting on
Elections and Campaigns
Campaignsandelections.jpg
Ballot Measures
By state
By year
Not on ballot
Wisconsin Constitution
Flag of Wisconsin.png
Preamble
Articles
IIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIV

The Wisconsin Pocket Ballot and Coupon Voting System Referendum was a Wisconsin referendum / legislatively-referred state statute on the April 3, 1906 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This referendum sought to approve a law to allow pocket ballot and coupon voting systems.[1] The pocket ballot and coupon voting system was new and unique secret voting system proposed by Moncena Dunn of Marshfield, Wisconsin, which involved using colored paper and sealed envelops to identify voting preferences. While the system was defeated for mandatory statewide use, it was later approved for optional county level use.[2]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No111,13970.75%
Yes 45,958 29.25%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall Chapter 522 of the Laws of 1905, entitled ‘An act to provide for the use of the pocket ballot and coupon voting system, and to amend Section 45 of the Statutes of 1898,’ be adopted?"[3]

Support

Supporting arguments included:

  • The system would help ensure a greater level of voting secrecy and accuracy.[2]

Opposition

Opposition arguments included:

  • The system might be too complicated for the average voter and for the average ballot inspector.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • Submission of law: Ch.522 (1905)[1]

See also

BallotpediaAvatar bigger.png
Suggest a link

External links

References