Wisconsin Town Government Uniformity Amendment, Question 1 (April 1978)

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The Wisconsin Town Government Uniformity Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1978 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modified Article IV, Section 23 of the state constitution to allow there to be more than one system of town government.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No383,39568.17%
Yes 179,011 31.83%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1979-1980

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 23 of article IV of the constitution be amended to allow that there be more than one system of government?"[1]

Constitutional changes

[Article IV] Section 23. (1) The Legislature shall establish but one system of town government, which shall be as nearly uniform as practicable; but the legislature may provide for the election at large once in every 4 years of a chief executive officer in any county with such powers of an administrative character as they may from time to time prescribe in accordance with this section and..
(2) The legislature
shall establish one or more systems of county government.
(2) The legislature shall establish one or more systems of town government."[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 22 & JR 15 (1975)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 18 & JR 17 (1977)[2]

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