Thanks for the usefulness of your patchwork. I have modified the patch again to make a control panel timer with a reset button. I used it for a show last night and thought to add to the shares here. It uses a Pulse Generator set to 1hz to 'count' seconds that then add-up to minutes and hours. The control panel 'monitor' is set to a 2 hz refresh rate.
Even if you compare different online counters for that election date they often show different values. Some code takes the time of the server location, other take your system time and other have fixed the time for that certain timezone they want the countdown for.