State procedures for filling Senate vacancies conflict with the Seventeenth Amendment

In a recent article in the Atlantic, Who Should Select Senators?, constitutional scholar Garrett Epps examines the ways in which states are subverting the goals of the Seventeenth Amendment by creating procedures that delay and hamper the people’s right to elect their Senators directly. In his article, he discusses two suits filed by Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan, Ltd. to challenge these policies.