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Exercise your right to vote

Exercise your right to vote

This Tuesday, as voters head down to the polls to cast their votes in the general election, they'll be participating in a long history of Carroll County enfranchisement; however, Westminster's earliest voters had an added incentive to participate in the electoral process. According to photographs from the Historical Society of Carroll County, in the 1800s, following city elections, the residents of Westminster would gather and watch as the political loser pushed the victor down the length Main Street in a wheelbarrow. The city's first burgess was James M. Shellman, elected in 1839. Francis Shriver, burgess between 1853 and 1856, became the city's first mayor in 1856. As...

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