DE ratifies 17th Amendment--98 years later
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, June 25, 2010 - 7:44am

Delaware officially ratifies Amendment 17 of the U.S. Constitution that provides for the popular election of U.S. Senators.

98 years ago, several states had already ratified the amendment, making it a part of the Constitution, so the 45th General Assembly apparently felt no need to do so.

But the 145th General Assembly put their ceremonial stamp on it..

The bill's chief sponsor, Senator Dave Sokola, says this measure doesn't give Delawareans the right to elect a Senator immediately, if one were to resign. Case in point, when Senator Biden was elected VP.

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