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          STATEWIDE REFERENDA ELECTIONS OTHER THAN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS-Continued



                                                                        
                                                                        
     Date of            Vote
                                                  Question              
                                               Law Submitting           
     Election       For     Against
   4-year term for constitutional officers; advisory referendum ...........................................
SJRll  JRI3        1951       Apr. 1951     210,821  328,613
   Apportionment of legislature by area and population; advisory referendum................................
      Ch.728        1951       Nov. 1952     689,615  753,092
   *New residents entitled to vote for president and vice president ..........................................
    Ch.76         1953       Nov. 1954     550,056  414,680
   Statewide educational television tax-supported; advisory referendumA..........................
.... AJR74      JR66          1953       Nov. 1954     308,385  697,262
   Daylig t saving time...........................................................................Ch.6
                                   1957        Apr. 1957      578,661  480,656
 *Ex-residents entitled to vote for president and vice president ...........................................
............Ch.512  1961     Nov. 1962     627,279  229,375
 Gasoline tax increase for highway construction; advisory referendum.....................................
  AJR3  JR3         SS'63       Apr. 1964     150,769  889,364
 *New residents entitled to vote after 6 months .......................................................
         Chs.88,89     1965       Nov. 1966     582,389  256,246
 State control and funding of vocational education; advisory referendum...................................
 AJR12  JR4        1969       Apr. 1969     292,560  409,789
 *Recreational lands bonding; advisory referendum....................................................AJR17
      JR5           1969       Apr. 1969     361,630  322,882
 Water pollution abatement bonding...............................................................
                          ,,             ,,           ,446,763          
   246,968
 *New residents entitled to vote after 10 days ..................................................................Cb.85
        1975       Nov. 1976   1,017,887  660,875
 *Presidential voting revised.......................................................................
                     Ch.394         1977         Nov. 1978     782,181  
424,386
 *Overseas voting revised.............................................................................
                                              ....658,289             524,0290
 *Public inland lake protection  and rehabilitation  districts................................................
  Ch.299        1979       Nov. 1980   1,210,452  355,024       c
 *Nuclear weapons moratorium and reduction; advisory referendum.......................................AJR99
     JR38          1981       Sept. 1982    641,514  205,018
 *Nuclear waste site locating; advisory referendum....................................................
 AJR5     JR5           1983       Apr. 1983      78,327  628,414
 *Gambling casinos on excursion vessels; advisory referendum...........................................WisAct
321                        1991         Apr. 1993     465,432  604,289  
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 *Gambling casino restrictions; advisory referendum...................................................WisAct
321              1991        Apr. 1993    646,827  416,722
 *Video poker and other forms of video gambling allowed; advisory referendum..............................
WisAct 321         1991       Apr. 1993     358,045  702,864
 *Pari-mutuel on-track betting continuation; advisory referendum.........................................WisAct
321            1991       Apr. 1993     548,580  507,403       o
 *State-operated lottery continuation; advisory referendum ..................................................WisAct
321        1991       Apr. 1993     773,306  287,585       0

 *Ratified.
 TFor text of resolution, see Wisconsin State Historical Society, Constitutional
Series, Volume II, The Convention of 1846, edited by Milo M. Quaife, p. 755.
 21n Gillespie v. Palmer, 20 Wis. 544 (1866), the Wisconsin Supreme Court
ruled that Chapter 137, Laws of 1849, extending suffrage to colored persons,
was ratified November 6, 1849.
 3Presidential suffrage for women, granted by Chapter 5, Laws of 1919, was
not ordered submitted to the people.
Sources: Official records of the State Elections Board; Laws of Wisconsin,
1995 and previous volumes.

                                                              SUMMARY - STATEWIDE
REFERENDA ELECTIONS
   Statewide referendum questions are submitted to the electorate by the
Wisconsin Legislature: 1)1to ratify a law extending the right of suffrage
(as required by the state constitution); 2)1to
 ratify a law that has been passed contingent on voter approval; or 3)1to
seek voter opinion through an advisory referendum. Since 1848, the Wisconsin
Legislature has presented 51 referendum
 questions to the Wisconsin electorate through the passage of 45 acts or
joint resolutions. During territorial times, the territorial legislature
sent 4 questions to the electorate. Of these, 2 passed,
 1 to ratify the state constitution and 1 to allow the formation of a state
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