The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 17 (17th Amendment)
Amendment XVII. (Senators Elected by Popular Vote)
Passed by Congress May 13, 1912. Ratified April 8, 1913.
Note: Article I, section 3, of the Constitution was modified by the 17th amendment.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
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- The Constitution of the United States: Amendments 11-27, from The National Archives
- Seventeenth Amendment – CRS Annotated Constitution
- Seventeenth Amendment – Wikipedia
- Seventeenth Amendment – Findlaw
- Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, Govinfo.gov
- Instruction and Recall, by Todd Zywicki, February 16, 2010
- Election Capitol Hill Workshop
- “7 stages of the office seeker“
- Mid-Term Election (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Senate (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Senate Chamber (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Senate Classes
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- Senate Floor (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Senator (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- Senatorial Courtesy (CongressionalGlossary.com)
- “Beginning and End of the Terms of United States Senators Chosen to Fill Senate Vacancies,” CRS Report R41031 (8-page PDF)
- “U.S. Senate Vacancies: Contemporary Developments and Perspectives,” CRS Report R44781 (25-page PDF)
- “Term Limits for Members of Congress: State Activity,” CRS Report 96-152 (8-page PDF)
- “Congressional Authority to Standardize National Election Procedures,” CRS Report RL30747 (24-page PDF)
- “House and Senate Vacancies: How Are They Filled?” CRS Report 97-1009 (7-page PDF)
- Meta-EE and the Constitution Part 13: Seventeenth Amendment
- Popular Election of Senators – Heritage Guide to the Constitution
- Vacancies in the Senate – Heritage Guide to the Constitution
- To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment
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