17th Amendment - Senators Elected by Popular Vote
Cause and Reason for the 17th Amendment
17th Amendment Meaning, Explanation and Summary - Senators Elected
by Popular Vote
17th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the 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..."
Meaning: The Senate is one of two houses (groups) in the
US Congress. There will be two Senators for every state.
The term of office for a Senator is 6 years
Meaning: Qualifications for Electors of Senators have the same requirements for other officials - Senators elected by popular vote. (Before this amendment the state legislators elected the Senators)"...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:" Meaning: The Governor (Executive) of the state can call for an election if a vacancy arises for the position of Senator
"...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."Meaning: The state legislature can vote to allow the Governor to make a temporary appointment of a Senator until the people can vote.
"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."Meaning: The amendment does not affect the term of an existing Senator who had been in the role before the amendment was passed.
17th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Seventeenth Amendment
17th Amendment Text - The Seventeenth Amendment
17th Amendment Text
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.
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