It’s the 105th anniversary of the 17th Amendment, leading us to consider what today’s U.S. Senate would look like if its members weren’t directly elected by voters.
David Schleicher of Yale University and Todd Zywicki of George Mason University discuss the text, history, and future of the contested amendment that established the direct election of U.S. senators.
David N. Schleicher and Todd J. Zywicki look at how the Seventeenth Amendment removed from state legislatures the power to choose U.S. Senators and gave that power directly to voters in each state – an important change in the balance of power between the federal government and states.
The 17th amendment, which was ratified 103 years ago today, profoundly changed how Senators were chosen to serve in Congress. The amendment remains controversial in the context of how the Founders viewed that process.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at references made in President Obama’s State of the Union speech, and their relation to a long-held debate about gerrymandering.
The 17th Amendment, which was ratified this day in 1913, allowed senators to be directly elected by the people rather than by state legislatures.
This amendment provides for senators to be elected the way members of the House are—by direct election of the people.
With the death of U.S. senator Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has an unusual legal situation to deal with when it comes to naming Lautenberg’s successor.
A U.S. senate candidate’s comment about repealing the 17th amendment has some people thumbing through their Constitutions and others talking about the issue of states’ rights.