Wisconsin Sheriff Term Limits Amendment, Question 1 (1922)

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The Wisconsin Sheriff Term Limits Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1922 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article VI, Section 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for sheriffs to have unlimited successive terms.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No207,58556.19%
Yes 161,832 43.81%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1923

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall amendment to section 4 of article VI of the constitution (Jt. Res. No. 36, 1921) authorizing sheriffs to succeed themselves be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That section 4 of article VI of the constitution be a mended to read: (Article VI) Section 4. Sheriffs, coroners, registers of deeds, district attorneys, and all other county officers except judicial officers, shall be chosen by the electors of the respective counties once in every two years. Sheriffs shall hold no other office and * * * may succeed themselves; they may be required by law to renew their security from time to time, and in default of giving such new security their office shall be deemed vacant; but the county shall never be made responsible for the acts of the sheriff. The governor may remove any officer In this section mentioned, giving to such a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity of being heard In his defense. All vacancies shall be filled by appointment, and the person appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold only for the unexpired portion of the term to which • he shall be appointed and until his successor shall be elected and qualified.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 22 & JR 38 (1919)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 39 & JR 36 (1921)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.437 (1921)[1]

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