Wisconsin Term Length Wording Amendment, Question 4 (April 1979)

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The Wisconsin Term Length Wording Amendment, also known officially as the Making the 4-Year Terms Understandable question, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 3, 1979 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment was a part of a larger single piece of legislation that was divided into four ballot measure questions during the April 3 election. Question 4 specifically modified Article V, Section 1, 1m and 1n , and Article VI, Section 1, 1m, 1n, and 1p of the state constitution to improve the wording regarding 4-year terms of office for constitutional officers[1]

Election results

Question 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 533,620 76.41%
No164,76823.59%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Making the 4-year terms understandable. Shall section 1 of article V and section 1 of article VI of the constitution be amended, and shall sections lm and ln of article V and sections lm, ln, and lp of article VI of the constitution be repealed, to make it more understandable that constitutional officers in this state have been elected to 4-year terms since 1970?[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article V] Section 1. The executive power shall be vested in a governor; who shall hold his office for two 4 years; a lieutenant governor shall be elected at the same time; and for the same term.
Section 1m. Notwithstanding section 1, beginning with the general election in 1970 and every four years thereafter, there shall be elected a governor to hold office for a term of four years.
Section 1n. Notwithstanding section 1, beginning with the general election in 1970 and every four years thereafter, there shall be elected a lieutenant governor to hold office for a term of four years.
[Article VI] Section 1. There shall be chosen by the The qualified electors of the this state, at the times and places of choosing the members of the legislature, shall in 1970 and every 4 years thereafter elect a secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general, attorney general who shall severally hold their offices for the term of two 4 years.
Section 1m. Notwithstanding section 1, beginning with the general election in 1970 and every four years thereafter, there shall be chosen a secretary of state to hold office for a term of four years.
Section 1n. Notwithstanding section 1, beginning with the general election in 1970 and every four years thereafter, there shall be chosen a treasurer to hold office for a term of four years.
Section 1p. Notwithstanding section 1, beginning with the general election in 1970 and every four years thereafter, there shall be chosen an attorney general to hold office for a term of four years.
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Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 51 & JR 32 (1977)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 1 & JR 3 (1979)[2]

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