Wisconsin Two Year Terms for Assembly Members Amendment, Question 1 (1854)

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The Wisconsin Two Year Terms for Assembly Members Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1854 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article IV, Section 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution to set two year terms for members of the assembly.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No11,58063.88%
Yes 6,549 36.12%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

For amendment to section four
Against amendment to section four[2]

  • The two statements would have been printed on separate tickets to put in a ballot box.

Constitutional changes

Section four of article four of the Constitution is hereby so amended as to read as follows: The members of assembly shall be chosen biennially by single districts, on Tuesday next succeeding the first Monday of November by the qualified electors of the several districts; such districts to be bound by county, precinct, town or ward lines, to consist of contiguous territory, and to be in as compact a form as practicable.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: Ch.95 (1853)
  • Second Legislative Approval: Ch.89 (1854)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.89 (1854)[1]

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