Wisconsin Death Penalty, Question 2 (2006)
The Wisconsin Death Penalty Question, also known as Question 2: Death penalty in Wisconsin, was an advisory question / Wisconsin referendum on the November 7, 2006 general election ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.
- The question sought to know voters opinions on enacting the death penalty in certain cases.
|Wisconsin Question 2 (2006)|
Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 2007-2008
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
|“||Should the death penalty be enacted in the state of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?||”|
This is an advisory referendum only. Neither a "yes" vote nor a "no" vote will directly make any change in the law. The legislature and the governor are not bound by the results of this advisory referendum.
The present penalty for first-degree intentional homicide is life in prison. The court imposing a life sentence may also prevent the defendant from ever being released from prison. This is commonly referred to as life without the possibility of parole.
A "yes" vote would advise the members of the legislature that you want them to change the penalty for first-degree intentional homicide so that the penalty would be death when a person is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, and the conviction is supported by DNA evidence. The referendum question does not suggest what level of DNA evidence would be sufficient.
A no vote would inform the members of the legislature that you do not want them to change the present penalty for first-degree intentional homicide at this time.
Path to the ballot
- The referendum was referred to ballot under SJR 5 & JR 58 of 2005.
Donors to the campaign against the measure:
- No Death Penalty Wisconsin: $91,188
- ACLU-Wisconsin Against Death Penalty: $15,372
- Catholic Sisters for Justice: $2,880
- Wisconsin Catholic Conf-Oppose Death Penalty: $25
- Total: $109,414