The Constitution for the United States of America

Amendment 17
Section 2

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 changes Article 1, Section 3, Paragraph 2 of our Constitution.

With the Senators now being elected by the People it was necessary to change the wording in how a vacancy that occurred between elections would be filled.

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