The Marsy’s Law constitutional amendment that establishes a crime victim bill of rights has passed.
The Associated Press first declared the referendum in favor of the amendment with 21.31 percent of precincts reporting across the state, and 76.53 percent of voters approving the measure.
The amendment passed both two consecutive legislatures with broad bipartisan support. It also garnered endorsements from both former GOP Attorney General Brad Schimmel and current Dem AG Josh Kaul.
Ahead of the referendum, the activist group Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin launched ads and robocalls across the state and spent a total $384,479 in lobbying efforts in the 2019-20 legislative session.
According to the organization, more than 40 percent of the U.S. population now resides in states where similar amendments have passed, including: Pennsylvania; Nevada; Oklahoma; North Carolina; Georgia; Florida; Ohio; California; Illinois; North Dakota; and South Dakota.
Marsy’s Law for All founder Dr. Henry Nicholas in a statement called today’s passage “a tremendous victory for crime victims in Wisconsin and yet another resounding victory for crime victims everywhere.”
“Despite the unprecedented conditions created by the current health crisis, Wisconsin voters responded to the importance of providing equal rights for crime victims,” he said.
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