Wisconsin Governor and Lieutenant Governor Joint Election Amendment, Question 5 (April 1967)

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The Wisconsin Governor and Lieutenant Governor Joint Election Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1967 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article V, Section 3 of the Wisconsin Constitution to state that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are to be elected jointly.[1]

Election results

Question 5
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 507,339 61.90%
No312,26738.10%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1968

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall article V, section 3 of the state constitution be amended so that, beginning in 1970, the governor and lieutenant governor are chosen jointly by the casting by each voter of a single vote for both offices?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article V) Section 3. The governor and lieutenant governor shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislature. They shall be chosen jointly, by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both offices beginning with. the general election in 1970. The persons respectively having the highest number of votes cast jointly for them for governor and lieutenant governor shall be elected; but in case two or more slates shall have an equal and the highest number of votes for governor, or and lieutenant governor, the two houses of the legislature, at its next annual session shall forthwith, by joint ballot, choose one of the persons slates so having an equal and the highest number of votes for governor, or and and lieutenant governor. The returns of election for governor and lieutenant governor shall be made in such manner as shall be provided by law.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 3 & JR 45 (1965)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 11 & JR 11 (1967) and AJR 8 & JR 14 (1967)[2]

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