Wisconsin Public Television Advisory, Question 2 (1954)

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The Wisconsin Public Television Advisory Question, also known as the Educational TV Question was an advisory question on the November 2, 1954 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This question sought Wisconsin voter opinion about whether to have a state-owned, tax-supported statewide TV station (WHA-TV).[1]

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No697,26269.33%
Yes 308,385 30.67%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1956

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall the state of Wisconsin provide a tax-supported state-wide noncommercial educational television network?"[2]

Path to the ballot

  • The referendum was placed on the ballot under through AJR 74 and JR 66 of 1953.[1]
  • The question was put to the voters to fund WHA-TV six months after the station began a pilot test in Madison with the help of the University of Wisconsin.[3][4]

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