OUR VIEW: A successful election in Troup

Published 9:00 am Friday, November 6, 2020

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If you’re like us, you’ve been glued to news coverage the last few days, as we all wait to see who will be announced president of the United States.

(And, by the way, we’re writing this on Thursday afternoon. This race is changing rapidly — even if it seems votes are coming in at a turtle-like pace — so a president could be named by the time you’re reading this.)

On Thursday afternoon, Georgia election officials had two news conferences, breaking down where every county in the state was in outstanding ballots.

The nation has been paying attention, as Donald Trump’s lead has slowly but surely diminished as absentee ballots were counted.

Many of those votes were from counties in the Atlanta metro area, but Harris County also had some votes remaining.

At both press conferences, every county with outstanding votes was listed, along with the number of votes remaining in that county.

Do you know which county wasn’t on that list? Troup County.

As most of you know, Georgia’s primary election earlier this year was a tough one for every county in our state, including Troup. We didn’t have any results until the wee hours of the following morning.

But the general election was nothing like that. We had complete results by just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Andrew Harper, the elections supervisor, poll workers and the election board all did a fantastic job in their efficiency Tuesday. They truly work in a thankless position during election season.

As of this writing, we still don’t know who will win Georgia. It’s essentially a coin flip. We hope every single person who wanted to cast a ballot in Troup County in Georgia did so on Tuesday, as every single vote might end up deciding this election.

But we also know as the nation waits on Georgia that we aren’t waiting on ballots from Troup County. The local election still has to be certified, but no news network is focused on Troup as ballots trickle in.

Luck probably plays a factor, as a rush of absentee ballots (like what happened in June) could’ve made election night much more difficult, as we’re sure it has in other elections.

Instead, that didn’t happen, and the pressure is on other counties all around Georgia, who are counting feverishly trying to get votes counted. We appreciate the hard work of everyone involved in Troup County’s election.