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Referendum on Election of Chief Justice

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Question 1: "Election of chief justice. Shall section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to direct that a chief justice of the supreme court shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices then serving on the court?"

Explanation

The Wisconsin constitution currently provides that the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is its longest-serving member.  The proposed constitutional amendment would instead select the chief justice through an election by a majority of the justices then serving on the Court.

A “yes” vote on this question would mean that the chief justice shall be elected for a term of two years by a majority of the justices then serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  The justice who is elected may decline to serve as chief justice or resign the position, but still continue to serve as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

A “no” vote would mean that the longest-serving member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court serves as chief justice of the Court.  The justice designated as chief justice may decline to serve as chief justice or resign the position, but still continue to serve as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
 


See the Legislative Reference Bureau's paper explaining the consitutional amendement, attached below.  Additional explanation is available on the Type C Notice attached below.

Click here for more information about the constitutional amendment referendum: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/sjr2

 

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2015 Enrolled Joint Resolution 2.pdf27.76 KB
Legislative Reference Bureau Paper on Electing Chief Justice -15wb4.pdf255.07 KB
Type C Notice for Referendum.pdf27.24 KB