U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 8

Mon Apr 8, 2013 12:01am EDT

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WASHINGTON,  April 8, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily
"Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America  - Monday, April 8th.  On this date one century 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.  In fact, as a result
of such developments, at least 29 states were nominating senators on a popular
basis for the legislatures to approve.  In the congressional elections of 2010,
just under 42 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.  This contrasts
with the presidential election in 2008, when over 58 percent voted.   Profile
America  is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, Voting and Registration, Table A7

Profile America  is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the
U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments,
ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia
Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).    

SOURCE  U.S. Census Bureau

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