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Technology can fuel voting passion - Rob Felt

It was like watching off-track betting. Hundreds gathered at the Henry County Administration building on the night of the primary election to crane their necks at large projection screens and watch the results pour in.

On Tuesday night the candidates got all the attention, but technology was the unsung hero.

A live video feed from the Henry County Board of Elections streamed from a webcam to those in attendance at the administration building. It served as a stand-in for letting the general public crowd into the cramped trailer, although a handful of people did witness the count in person.

Add to that the ability to log on to the county website and see precinct results accumulate as they were tallied. Cool. There's no other way to describe it. It was infotainment at its finest.

After filling my photographic duties for the paper I remained glued to my computer screen, watching the pie charts change and the numbers add up.

As a Daily Herald employee and a member of the larger body known as "The Media," I keep personal feelings out of the way when fulfilling my day-to-day job description. Despite what some people might attempt to perceive, the Daily Herald does not give specific candidates or elected officials preferential treatment or subversively endorse select candidates.

As a resident of Henry County, I voted, and I have definite opinions.

Some of the candidates I voted for won, some lost and others are still undetermined. I'd be a fool to divulge my choices, if my editors would even let me, but there are some observations from this side of the page that I would like to share.

This election is an important one for Henry County, as I'm sure you've heard, so if your first choice didn't make the runoff you should definitely go out and vote for #2. I can't stress this enough.

They may not all get along, but the candidates are nice, regular people. You may disagree with them, curse their alliances and vote against them, but these folks are truly involved to do what they think is right.

You don't have to check the box next to someone who's running unopposed. If a candidate is unopposed you still have a choice n either vote for them or don't. They may be the only act on stage, but if the seats are empty it still sends a message.

Web poll results that appeared directly under the election finals of Wednesday's Daily Herald showed that 91.8 percent of the 134 people who took the poll feel that Henry County is not doing a good job managing growth.

Show up for the runoff.

Rob Felt is the photographer for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at rfelt@henryherald.com.