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What is the purpose of the 17th amendment?

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The 17th amendment, ratified in April 1913, allows the people to vote for who they want to represent them in the Senate. There are two senators elected, every 6 years, to represent each state. Prior to the passing of the 17th amendment, these positions were chosen by state legislatures.

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The 17th amendment was created to help address the issue of deadlocked votes. When the state attempted to place someone as a senator, the votes in the legislature would often end up coming to a stop, due to different parties controlling different parts of the state government. This left federal level seats open and vacant for months at a time, which severely limited the ability of the national government to function.

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