Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Vacancy Amendment, Question 2 (April 1979)

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The Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Vacancy 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 2 specifically modified Article XIII, Section 10 of the state constitution to provide that the state legislature must approve Governor-appointed successors to vacancies in the Lt. Governor.[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 540,186 74.85%
No181,49725.15%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Lieutenant governor vacancy. Shall section 10 of article XIII of the constitution be amended so that, whenever there is a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, the successor nominated by the governor requires confirmation by the state senate and assembly before assuming the duties of the office?[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article XIII] Section 10. (1) The legislature may declare the cases in which any office shall be deemed vacant, and also the manner of filling the vacancy, where no provision is made for that purpose in this constitution. (2) Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, the governor shall nominate a successor to serve for the balance of the unexpired term, who shall take office after confirmation by the senate and by the assembly.[1]

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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