MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Results of the April 7 election have been certified, including a constitutional amendment that gives justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court the ability to elect who will serve as chief justice.
The Government Accountability Board chairman on Wednesday approved the canvas of the election results. About 18.4 percent of the voting-age population cast ballots in the election.
Now that approval of the Supreme Court constitutional amendment has been officially certified, justices have the power to elect a new chief justice. Current Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has filed a federal lawsuit, arguing that the amendment can’t take effect until her current term ends in four years.
But five of the six other justices argue that as of now, there is no chief justice until a new one is chosen.