Wisconsin Voter Requirements Amendment, Question 1 (1882)

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The Wisconsin Voter Requirements Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1882 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article III, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution to require 30 days of residency for local voter registration.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 36,223 87.14%
No5,34712.86%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

For the amendment to section 1 of article 3 of the constitution...☐

Against the amendment to section 1 of article 3 of the constitution...☐ [2]

Constitutional changes

AN ACT to submit to the people an amendment of section 1 of article 3 of the constitution of this state.
The people of the State of Wisconsin represented in Senate and Assembly do enact as follows:
Whereas, at the annual session of the Legislature of this State for the year 1881 an amendment to the constitution of this state was proposed and agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each of the two houses, which amendment was in the following language:
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That section 1 of article 3 of the constitution of this State be amended by inserting after the word "election," where the same occurs, in the third line of said section, the words "and in the election district where he offers to vote, such time as may be prescribed by the Legislature, not exceeding thirty days," and by adding at the end of said section the words "and provided further, that in incorporated cities and villages the Legislature may provide for the registration of electors, and prescribe proper rules and regulations therefore.” so that said section when amended shall read as follows: Section 1. Every male person of the age of twenty-one or upward, belonging to either of the following classes, who shall have resided in the state for one year next proceeding any election, and in the election district where he offers to vote such time as may be prescribed by the Legislature, not exceeding thirty days, shall be deemed a qualified elector at such election.
1. Citizens of the United States.
2. Persons of foreign birth who shall have declared their intention to become citizens conformable to the laws of the United States on the subject of naturalization.
3. Persons of Indian blood who have once been declared by law of congress to be citizens of the United States, any subsequent law of congress to the contrary notwithstanding.
4. Civilized persons of Indian descent, not members of any tribe; provided, that the legislature may at any time extend by law the right of suffrage to person not herein enumerated; but no such law shall be in force until the same shall have been submitted to a vote of the people at a general election and approved by a majority of all the votes cast at such election; and provided further, that in incorporated cities and villages, the legislature may provide for the registration of electors and prescribe proper rules and regulations therefore.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 26 (1881)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 18 & JR 5 (1882)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.272 (1882)[1]

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