Amendments To
The Constitution of the United States of America
Amendment 17: Election of Senators, Filling Senate
Vacancies

A17.1.1
 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.
Supersedes
Article I, Section 3.1

A17.1.2  The electors in each State shall have the qualifications
requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State
legislatures.

A17.1.3  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:
Supersedes Article 1,
Section 3.4

A17.1.4  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.

A17.1.5  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.

Proposed: May 13, 1912
Ratified: May 31, 1913
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