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Wisconsin Gubernatorial Succession Amendment, Question 1 (April 1979)

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The Wisconsin Gubernatorial Succession Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 3, 1979 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment was a part of a larger single piece of legislation that was divided into four ballot measure questions during the April 3 election. Question 1 specifically modified Article V, Section 7 and 8 of the state constitution to define that a vacancy in the office of Governor should be filled by the Lieutenant Governor, followed by the Secretary of State.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 538,959 74.20%
No187,44025.80%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Gubernatorial succession. Shall sections 7 and 8 (except the first sentence thereof) of article V of the constitution be amended so that the lieutenant governor, or the secretary of state if there is a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, succeeds to the office of governor as "governor" whenever there is a permanent vacancy, but continues to serve in the office as "acting governor" wherever the vacancy is temporary?[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article V] Section 7. In the case of the impeachment of (1) Upon the governor's death, resignation or removal from office, the lieutenant governor shall become governor for the balance of the unexpired term.
(2) If the governor, or his removal from office, death, inability is absent from this state, impeached, or from mental or physical disease, resignation, or absent from the state, the powers and becomes incapable of performing the duties of the office shall devolve upon, the lieutenant governor shall server as acting governor for the residue balance of the unexpired term or until the governor, absent or impeached, shall have returned or returns, the disability shall cease ceases or the impeachment is vacated. But when the governor shall, with the consent or the legislature, shall be out of the the this state in time of war, at the head of the state's military force thereof, he the governor shall continue as commander in chief of the military force of the state.
Section 8. The lieutenant governor shall be president of the president of the senate, but shall have only a casting vote therein. (1) If; during there is a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, and the lieutenant governor shall be dies, resigns or is removed from office, the secretary of state shall become governor for the balance of the unexpired term.
(2) If there is a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor and the governor is absent from this state, impeached, displaced, resign, die, or from mental or physical disease become becomes incapable of performing the duties of his the office, or be absent from the state, the secretary of state shall act serve as acting governor for the balance of the unexpired term or until the vacancy shall be filled or the governor returns, the disability shall cease ceases or the impeachment is vacated.[1]

Note: The first sentence of Article V, Section 8 was officially modified by Question 3 of 1979.

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 51 & JR 32 (1977)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 1 & JR 3 (1979)[2]

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