Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Increase Amendment, Question 3 (1924)

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The Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Increase Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 4, 1924 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 7 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for the legislature to provide additional circuit court judges to counties with more than 85,000 people.[1]

Election results

Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 240,207 51.45%
No226,66248.55%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1925

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall amendment to Article VII, Section 7, of the constitution, authorizing the the legislature to provide additional circuit judges in circuits in which there is a county having more than eighty-five thousand population, be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

That section 7 of article VII of the constitution be amended to read: (Article VII) Section 7. For each circuit there shall be chosen by the qualified electors thereof one circuit judge, except that in any circuit * * * in which there is a county that had a population in excess of eighty-five thousand according to the last state or United States census, * * * the legislature may, from time to time, authorize additional circuit judges to be chosen. Every circuit judge shall reside in the circuit from which he is elected, and shall hold his office for such term and receive such compensation as the legislature shall prescribe.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 24 & JR 24 (1921)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 27 & JR 64 (1923)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.408 (1923)[1]

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