Wisconsin Federal Prohibition Enforcement Advisory, Question 3 (1926)
The Wisconsin Federal Prohibition Enforcement Advisory, also known as the The Beer Referendum, was a Wisconsin referendum / advisory question on the November 2, 1926 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.
This referendum sought the people's opinion on whether to advise congress to amend federal prohibition enforcement to allow for the manufacturing and sale of beer with less than 2.75% alcohol content.
Wisconsin was one of eight states with a ballot question relating to alcohol and prohibition during the 1926 general election.
Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1927
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
"Shall the congress of the United States amend the "Volstead Act" so as to authorize the manufacture and sale of beer, for beverage purposes, of an alcoholic percentage of 2.75% by weight, under government supervision, but with the provision that no beverage be purchased shall be drunk on the premises where obtained?"
Supporters of the measure contented:
- The Volstead Act as it stood was allowing the rich to continue having expensive hard liquors, while the average worker was being deprived of their beer.
- 2.75% alcoholic beer is is not intoxicating.
- A modification of the act would help stop bootlegging and associated crime.
Opponents of the measure contented:
- The nation was more prosperous under prohibition.
- A 'no' vote would increase respect for the government and help stop bootlegging.
- The consumption of milk and other dairy products increased under prohibition.
Path to the ballot
- Legislative Approval: SJR 42 & JR 47 (1925)
- The Wisconsin Blue Book 1927
- Sample Ballot in the The Milwaukee Sentinel, November 1, 1926
- A paid support advertisement by Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. in the Milwaukee Sentinel, November 1, 1926
- A paid opposition advertisement in The Milwaukee Sentinel, October 31, 1926
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012
- ↑ Edward T. Kaveny, "Interest in Referenda," The Milwaukee Sentinel, November 2, 1926
- ↑ "Notice of General Election," The Milwaukee Sentinel, November 1, 1926
- ↑ "You Can't Be Neutral," A paid advertisement by Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. in the Milwaukee Sentinel, November 1, 1926
- ↑ "Saloons vs. Prosperity," A paid advertisement in The Milwaukee Sentinel, October 31, 1926
- ↑ The Wisconsin Blue Book 1927