Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 9/22/14: 17th Amendment

The Seventeenth Amendment, ratified in 1913, provides for the direct election of members of the Senate by popular vote in each state, and also allows governors to make temporary appointments until a special election is held to fill vacancies. Originally, members of the Senate were elected by state legislatures. Seven states have not yet ratified the Amendment: Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia.


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