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Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justices Amendment, Question 1 (April 1889)

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The Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justices Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 2, 1889 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution to provide for the state supreme court to be composed of five justices.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 125,759 89.53%
No14,71210.47%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"For amendment to the constitution...☐

Against amendment to the constitution...☐"[2]

Constitutional changes

CHAPTER 22.
AN ACT to submit to the people an amendment to the constitution.
WHEREAS, The legislature of this state at the biennial session for the year 1887, proposed and adopted by a vote of a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses, an amendment to the constitution of this state, the same being in fact an amendment to section 4, of article 7, thereof, as amended in 1877, the proposed amendment being in the following language:
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the following be adopted as an amendment to the constitution of the state of Wisconsin:
SECTION 1. The chief justice and associate justices of the supreme court shall be severally known as justices of said court with the same terms of office, respectively as now provided. The supreme court shall consist of five justices (any three of whom shall be a quorum), to be elected as now provided. The justice having been longest a continuous member of the court (or in case two or more of such senior justices having served for the same length of time, then the one whose commission first expires), shall be ex-officio the chief justice;[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 19 & JR 5 (1887)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 7 & JR 3 (1889)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.22 (1889)[1]

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