WASHINGTON, April 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Friday, April 8th. On this date 103 years ago, the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, establishing direct popular election of senators. Previously, members of the Senate were elected by each state's legislature. As the voting franchise expanded after the Civil War and into the Progressive Era, growing sentiment held that senators ought to be popularly elected in the same manner as representatives. Because of such developments, at least 29 states by 1913 were nominating senators on a popular basis for the legislatures to approve. In the elections of 2014, just 42 percent of citizens cast their ballots, the lowest percentage in at least 36 years. In the 2012 presidential election, not quite 62 percent voted. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Amendment and ratification/accessed 2/1/2016:
Voting/Table A-1: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/historical/index.html
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at <http://www.census.gov> (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau