Wisconsin Four Year Terms for Senators Amendment, Question 2 (1854)

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The Wisconsin Four Year Terms for Senators Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1854 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article IV, Section 5 of the Wisconsin Constitution to set four year terms for members of the senate.[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No11,88565.18%
Yes 6,348 34.82%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

For amendment to section five
Against amendment to section five[2]

  • The two statements would have been printed on separate tickets to put in a ballot box.

Constitutional changes

The last clause of section five of said article is hereby so amended as to read as follows: The senate districts shall be numbered in regular series. The senators chosen by the present odd numbered districts, in year 1854, shall hold their offices until the last day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six.
The senators chosen by the present even numbered districts, in the year 1855, shall hold their offices until the last day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight. Thereafter, senators shall be chosen for the term of four years; by the legislature at any new apportionment, shall so classify the senators to be elected from any additional senate district which may be formed, that the term of office of all senators elected from even numbered districts, shall expire at the same time, and the term of office of all those elected from odd numbered districts, shall expire at the same time.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: Ch.95 (1853)
  • Second Legislative Approval: Ch.89 (1854)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.89 (1854)[1]

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