Wisconsin Charitable Raffle Games Amendment, Question 1 (April 1977)

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The Wisconsin Charitable Raffle Games Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 5, 1977 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article IV, Section 24 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the legislature to authorize charitable raffle games.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 483,518 61.67%
No300,47338.33%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1977

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 24 of article IV of the constitution be amended to permit the legislature to authorize raffle games to be licensed by the state, to be operated by local religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veterans organizations and to be limited in number by the legislature?"[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article IV] Section 24. The legislature shall never authorize and lottery, or grant any divorce, but.
(1) The legislature may authorize bingo games licensed by the state, and operated by religious, charitable, service, fraternal or veterans' organizations or those to which contributions are deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. All profits must inure to the licensed organization and no salaries, fees or profits shall be paid to any other organization or person.
(2) The legislature may authorize raffle games licensed by the state. and operated by local religious. charitable. service, fraternal or veterans' organizations or those to which contributions are deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. The legislature shall limit the number of raffles conducted by any such organization. All profits must inure to the licensed local organization and no salaries. fees or profits shall be paid to any other organization or person.
(3)
Except as the legislature may provide otherwise, to the following activities do not constitute consideration as an element of a lottery:
(a) To listen to or watch a television or radio program, to.
(b) To fill out a coupon or entry blank, whether or not proof of purchase is required, to.
(c) To visit a mercantile establishment or other place without being required to make a purchase or pay an admittance fee does not constitute consideration as an element of a lottery."[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 43 & JR 19 (1975)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 10 & JR 6 (1977)[2]

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