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        17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators (1913) and Resource Materials

        This is a facsimile of the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution. Passed on May 13, 1912 and ratified on April 8, 1913, it modified Article I, section 3 of the Constitution, allowing voters to cast direct votes for U.S. Senators; prior to its passage, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

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