There have been many changes to the election’s process through amendments to the Constitution. However, there is one that has altered the intention of the founding fathers dramatically. The Seventeenth Amendment overturned an election process established to further the interest of the States in a federal republic in favor of the direct democracy election that was originally established only for House of Representatives on the federal level. This paper seeks to explore the founders’ intents on the election of Senators and the changes to this process. Part I will explore the founding fathers’ intents and the debates surround the Constitution’s drafting. Part II will explore the creation and the Passage of the Seventeenth Amendment. Part III will explore the feasibility of repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.
- Seventeenth Amendment,
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