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Wisconsin Death Penalty, Question 2 (2006)

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The Wisconsin Death Penalty Question, also known as Question 2: Death penalty in Wisconsin, was an advisory question / Wisconsin referendum on the November 7, 2006 general election ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.[1]

The question sought to know voters opinions on enacting the death penalty in certain cases.

Election results

Wisconsin Question 2 (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,166,571 55.52%
No934,50844.48%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 2007-2008

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Should the death penalty be enacted in the state of Wisconsin for cases involving a person who is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, if the conviction is supported by DNA evidence?[2][3]

Explanation

This is an advisory referendum only. Neither a "yes" vote nor a "no" vote will directly make any change in the law. The legislature and the governor are not bound by the results of this advisory referendum.

The present penalty for first-degree intentional homicide is life in prison. The court imposing a life sentence may also prevent the defendant from ever being released from prison. This is commonly referred to as life without the possibility of parole.

A "yes" vote would advise the members of the legislature that you want them to change the penalty for first-degree intentional homicide so that the penalty would be death when a person is convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, and the conviction is supported by DNA evidence. The referendum question does not suggest what level of DNA evidence would be sufficient.

A no vote would inform the members of the legislature that you do not want them to change the present penalty for first-degree intentional homicide at this time.

Path to the ballot

  • The referendum was referred to ballot under SJR 5 & JR 58 of 2005.[2]

Campaign finance

Donors to the campaign against the measure:[4]

  • No Death Penalty Wisconsin: $91,188
  • ACLU-Wisconsin Against Death Penalty: $15,372
  • Catholic Sisters for Justice: $2,880
  • Wisconsin Catholic Conf-Oppose Death Penalty: $25
  • Total: $109,414

See also

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References

  1. Wisconsin 2006 Ballot Measure Results
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Wisconsin Blue Book 2007-2008, p.888
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Follow the Money, "Donors"