17th Amendment: Direct Election of U.S. Senators
Resolutions of the Utah State Legislature and Governor
This petition from the governor and state legislature of Utah lists many of the essential reasons usually presented for supporting direct election. The reasons cited include deadlocked senate elections in state legislatures, corruption and bribery of state lawmakers, and expanding national populist sentiment.
Resolutions of the Utah State Legislature and Governor in Support of Direct Election of Senators, March 6, 1897; Petitions referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections (SEN 55A-J29); 55th Congress, Records of the United States Senate, Record Group 46, National Archives Building, Washington, DC.