Monday, April 25, 2011

Seventeenth Amendment

Senatorial elections
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 legislature.
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.

What does this mean??
This mean that the citizens get to vote for senators and that they may only serve a six year term.

Why this picture?

This picture is showing how often senators could possibly serve if their terms were not limited by the 17th amendment.

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