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Wisconsin Securing Inherent Rights Amendment, Question 4 (April 1986)

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The Wisconsin Securing Inherent Rights Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 1, 1986 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article I, Section 1, changing the phrase "to serve these rights" to "to secure these rights" in parallel with the Declaration of Independence.[1]

Election results

"Securing" the Inherent Rights of the People
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 419,699 86.52%
No65,41813.48%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1987-1988

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section I of article I of the state constitution be amended so as to reinsert into the Wisconsin text the word 'secure' so that the phrase 'to secure these rights' (the word serve was substituted in November 1982) again agrees with the 1776 Declaration of Independence of the United States?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(NOTE: Scored material is added; stricken material is deleted; italics show text created.)

[Article I] Section 1 . All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to serve secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 9 & JR 40 (1983)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 9 & JR 21 (1985)[2]

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