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Entries in election of senators (1)

Tuesday
Feb262013

Georgia state House seeks to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

Photo: Snip of excerpt from 17th Amendment/U.S. Government ArchivesOne hundred years ago, the United States ratified an amendment to the Constitution that changed the way America chose its senators. The amendment's supporters said that senators directly elected by the people would not only be more democratic, but also less corrupt and less susceptible to special interest influence.

Instead of reducing corruption, however, changing the method of Senate selection provided entirely new avenues of political exploitation by fundamentally transforming our federal government. Most importantly, the amendment destroyed the federalist structure that the Founding Fathers installed to protect state sovereignty.

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