Wisconsin Judicial Circuit Amendment, Question 2 (April 1920)

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The Wisconsin Judicial Circuit Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 6, 1920 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article VII, Section 6 and 7 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the legislature to decide the size and number of circuit courts.[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No119,75250.77%
Yes 116,117 49.23%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1921

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall amendment to section 6 and 7 of article VII of the constitution (Jt. Res. No.92, 1919) relating to circuit judges adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That section 6, article VII, and section 7, article VII, of the constitution, be amended to read:
(Article VII) Section 6. The legislature may alter the limits, decrease or increase the number of circuits, making them as compact and convenient as practical, and bounding them by county lines; but no such alteration, decrease or increase shall have the effect to remove a judge from office. In case of an increase of circuits, the judge or judges shall be elected as provided in this constitution and receive a salary not less than that herein provided for judges of the circuit court.
Section 7. For each circuit there shall be chosen by the qualified electors thereof one or more circuit judges * * * as the legislature may, from time to time, authorize. * * * Every circuit judge shall reside In the circuit from which he is elected and shall hold his office for such term and receive such compensation as the legislature shall prescribe.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 74 & JR 20 (1917)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 100 & JR 92 (1919)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.604 (1919)[1]

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