17th Amendment celebrates 100th birthday

    One hundred years ago today, the United States got its 17th Amendment.

    What’s it do? Mainly, it allows voters, rather than state legislatures, to elect senators.”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.”

    The Daily Consistution has the details on what the Senate would look like without this amendment.

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