Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Amendment, Question 1 (1877)

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 6, 1877 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution to provide for a Supreme Court composed of 1 chief and 4 associate justices.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 79,140 82.52%
No16,76317.48%

Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

For amendment to the constitution

For amendment to the constitution, no[2]

(Note: The two statements would have been printed on separate tickets to put in a ballot box.)

Constitutional changes

ARTICLE VII
SECTION 4. The supreme court shall consist of one chief justice and four associate justices, to be elected by the qualified electors of the state. The legislature shall, at its first session after the adoption of this amendment, provide by law for the election of two associate justices of said court, to hold their offices for terms ending two and four years respectively, after the end of the term of the Justice of the said court then last to expire. And thereafter the chief justice and associate justices of the said court shall be elected and hold their offices respectively for the term of ten years.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 16 & JR 10 (1876)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 2 & JR 1 (1877)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.48 (1877)[1]

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