Wisconsin Sheriff Term Limits Amendment, Question 6 (April 1967)

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The Wisconsin Sheriff Term Limits Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1967 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VI, Section 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution to state that sheriffs are no longer restricted to two consecutive terms of office.[1]

Election results

Question 6
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 508,242 61.03%
No324,54438.97%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1968

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall article VI, section 4 of the state constitution be amended so as to permit sheriffs to serve more than 2 terms or parts thereof in succession?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article VI) Section 4. Sheriffs, coroners, registers of deeds, district attorneys, and all other county officers except judicial officers and chief executive officers, shall be chosen by the electors of the respective counties once in every two years. Sheriffs shall hold no other office, and shall not serve more than two terms or parts thereof in succession; they may be required by law to renew their security from time to time, and in default of giving such new security their office shall be deemed vacant, but the county shall never be made responsible for the acts of the sheriff. The governor may remove any officer in this section mentioned, giving to such a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity of being heard in his defense. All vacancies shall be filled by appointment, and the person appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold only for the unexpired portion of the term to which he shall be appointed and until his successor shall be elected and qualified.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 72 & JR 61 (1965)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 7 & JR 12 (1967)[2]

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