Wisconsin voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved two statewide ballot proposals that would change how judges determine cash bail for people charged with violent crimes in Wisconsin.
Current Wisconsin law says judges and court commissioners can only determine cash bail to ensure the defendant returns to court.
"Conditions of release before conviction. Shall section 8 (2) of article I of the constitution be amended to allow a court to impose on an accused person being released before conviction conditions that are designed to protect the community from serious harm?”
- Yes: 1,161,874 (66.5%)
- No: 583,961 (33.5%)
“Cash bail before conviction. Shall section 8 (2) of article I of the constitution be amended to allow a court to impose cash bail on a person accused of a violent crime based on the totality of the circumstances, including the accused’s previous convictions for a violent crime, the probability that the accused will fail to appear, the need to protect the community from serious harm and prevent witness intimidation, and potential affirmative defenses?”
- Yes: 1,185,507 (67.6%)
- No: 569,331 (32.4%)
Election tallies remain unofficial until they're canvassed by election officials and certified by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.