Westhampton Free Library’s Lack of Voting Rights Timeline

1897:  Westhampton Free Library Charter is created, appointing the first five library trustees.

1920:  US right to vote extended to women, 19th amendment passed, giving women the right to vote in both state and federal elections.

1965:  Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the South were registered to vote.

2016: Taxpaying cardholders who fund the operations of the Westhampton Free Library are not permitted to vote for the Board of Trustees.  For months reformers have asked the Board of Trustees to consider the issue, but the current 4-member board is very busy with issues they deem more important.

Current Board President Tom Moore said the library is working fine for over 100 years, so why change?  Pending employee litigation, union formation, wrongful terminations and the resignation of four board members is fine? Allowing the embattled resigning board members to appoint their successors is fine?

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