Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Amendment, Question 1 (April 1903)

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1903 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution to provide for a Supreme Court with 7 justices and 10 year terms.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 51,377 56.31%
No39,85743.69%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1905 (p.554)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall the Amendment to Section I, Article VII, of the Constitution be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

SECTION 1. The chief justice and associate justices of the supreme court shall be severally known as the justices of said court, with the same terms of office of ten years respectively as now provided. The supreme court shall consist of seven justices, any four of whom shall be a quorum, to be elected as now provided, not more than one each year. The justice, baring been longest a continuous member of said court, or in case two or more such senior justices shall have served for the same length of time, then the one whose commission first expires shall be ex-officio, the chief justice.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 33 & JR 8 (1901)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 5 & JR 7 (1903)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.10 (1903)[1]

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