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Wisconsin Judicial Terms of Office Amendment, Question 2 (April 1953)

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The Wisconsin Judicial Terms of Office Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1953 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated after being declared invalid by the state Supreme Court.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 9 of the Wisconsin Constitution to provide that elected judges shall hold full terms of office.[1]

Election results

Wisconsin Question 2 (April 1953)
Approveda Yes 386,972 52.86%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1954

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall section 9 of article VII of the state constitution be amended so as to provide that when a person is elected to fill a vacancy of a supreme court justice he shall hold his office for a term of ten years and so as to provide that when a person is elected circuit judge to fill a vacancy of a circuit judge he shall hold his office for such term as the legislature prescribes for general terms for circuit judges under section seven of article VII of said constitution?"[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 3 & JR 41 (1951)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 5 & JR 12 (1953)[1]

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