West Sparta

West Sparta: the only town in Livingston County to vote to pass the New York State Woman Suffrage Amendment in 1917.


Momentum for passage of the woman suffrage amendment in 1917 was higher than ever before and it passed in New York State by a large margin, carried by New York City. 


The state became the first in the northeast to pass woman suffrage. However, the strong influence of anti-suffrage efforts were effective in Livingston County, where the amendment was voted down by a ratio of 2 to 1; 2,919 no to 1,595 yes.


The amendment was defeated in 16 of the 17 towns in Livingston County. The one exception was the sparsely populated town of West Sparta, where the amendment passed by just one vote.


In 1917, the polling place for Election District 1 was centrally located near the intersection of Red School Rd. and Kysorville-Byersville Rd. at A. R. Chasey's Hop House. The hop house building is gone and the West Sparta Fire Department is on the site today.