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Wisconsin Civil Case Trial by Jury Amendment, Question 2 (1924)

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The Wisconsin Civil Case Trial by Jury Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1922 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

  • This amendment modified Article I, Section 5 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for there to be jury verdicts decided by a 5/6ths majority in civil cases.[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 171,433 52.24%
No156,75947.76%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1923

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall amendment to section 5 of article I of the constitution (Jt. Res. No. 17, 1921) relating to trial by jury be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That section 5 of article I of the constitution be amended to read: (Article I) Section 5. The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate, and shall extend to all cases at law without regard to the amount in controversy; but a jury trial may be waived by the parties in all cases in the manner prescribed by law. Provided, however, that the legislature may, from time to time, by statute provide that a valid verdict, in civil cases, may be based on the votes of a specific number of the jury, not less than five-sixths thereof.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 26 & JR 58 (1919)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 14 & JR 17 (1921)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.504 (1921)[1]

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