The Wisconsin Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Districts Voting Rights was a Wisconsin referendum / legislatively-referred state statute on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.
This referendum sought the people's approval to allow non-resident property owners in public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts to vote at district meetings.
| Voting in Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Districts|
| Yes|| 1,210,452|| 77.32%|
Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1981-1982
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
Shall state law be amended to permit persons who own property in a public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district and who are U.S. citizens and are 18 years of age or older to vote at meeting of the district?
Path to the ballot
- The referendum was placed on the ballot under Ch.299 of 1979
- Public Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Districts were first established in 1974 to help with environmental protection. In 1979 a tax levied to buy a weed harvester in the Paddock Lake district in Kenosha County led to a court ruling that the existing legal language excluded non-residents from voting on such matters. Proponents of the law argued that if non-residents property owners were excluded from such decision making, efforts to improve the lakes in the districts would be hampered.