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Wisconsin Municipal Eminent Domain Amendment, Question 1 (1948)

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The Wisconsin Municipal Eminent Domain Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 2, 1948 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

  • This amendment sought to modify Article XI, Section 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow municipalities to take private property for public use without the necessary use of a jury.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No807,31879.35%
Yes 210,086 20.65%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1950

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 2 of article XI of the constitution be amended so as to give municipal corporations the right to take private property for public use without the necessity of such taking being first established by a jury?"[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 30 & JR 89 (1945)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 15 & JR 48 (1947)[1]

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