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Wisconsin Legislative Redistricting Amendment, Question 1 (April 1953)

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The Wisconsin Legislative Redistricting Amendment, also known as The Legislative Reapportionment 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 sought to modify Article IV, Section 3,4, and 5 of the Wisconsin Constitution to redistributes the legislature based on area and population.[1]

Election results

Question 1
OverturnedotOverturned Case:State ex rel. Thomson v. Zimmerman 264 Wis. 644 (1953)
ResultVotesPercentage
Yes 433,043 51.60%
No406,13348.40%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1954

  • The amendment was initially approved, but was declared invalid by the state Supreme Court in the case State ex rel. Thomson v. Zimmerman, 264 Wis. 644 (1953).[1]

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall sections 3, 4 and 5 of article IV of the constitution be amended so that the legislature shall apportion, along town, village or ward lines, the senate districts on the basis of area and population and the assembly districts according to population?"[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 50 & JR 59 (1951)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 7 & JR 9 (1953)[1]

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