Sunday, July 11, 2010
Filling Senate Vacancy
For this Constitution Monday, the topic of discussion comes from Article I.3.2: "When a vacancy occurs in the Senate because of death, resignation, or some other cause, the legislature of that state shall appoint another in his stead, and if the legislature is not in session the governor of that state may make a temporary appointment until the legislature convenes." By this provision, the Founders gave each state the right to be equally represented. After the Seventeenth Amendment brought the popular vote for Senators, the governor alone was responsible for making a temporary assignment until the next election.