Class Notes

The 17th Amendment to the Constitution changed how we choose our senators. Instead of our state legislators deciding, it is done by a direct vote of the people.  If a senator leaves office early, the Governor is allowed to appoint a temporary senator.  In 1991, when arguing a 17th Amendment case, the Supreme Court said in Trinsey V. Pennsylvania that primaries are not required.  A party can put anyone they want in office. 

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