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... most times it doesn't

RTC was giving me errors and somehow even though I got it right the first time, I'm having new issues around it, so I decided to scrap this idea. My intent for capturing time was to know what time of day people were voting, but I figured that if neither RTC nor my MQTT connection are reliable, then it becomes a moot effort.

Something else that was on my dashboard wishlist was a running count of votes. I was able to add that in pretty easily in my code by just adding a count variable and setting it to +1 every time the trigger goes off, and then adding it to my mqtt message

    //format the message for JSON
    String message = "PEOPLE VOTED YES!";

    //start a new MQTT message on the topic:
    mqttClient.beginMessage(topic);           //start a message
    mqttClient.print(" ");
    mqttClient.print(message);       //add the value:
    mqttClient.endMessage();    //send the message:

It worked pretty well, and I installed this on both my counters. They were both struggling to connect to the broker, then when I was about to give up on Shiftr, they both connected.

They maintained their connection for a minute, then disconnected. Boo!

As an exercise, I'm going to try this on Mosquitto...

and it's working quite well!!

Update: This worked for about 10 minutes, then it disconnected and failed to reconnect.

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