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Op-eds of the week: Counting ballots, Electoral College art and a new approach to news

Our weekly op-ed highlight reel

News is the heart of what we're about. But The Fulcrum is also a forum for debate about what's ailing American democracy and what could make the system healthier. So here are the most provocative opinion pieces we've posted this week.

Elections end when all the ballots are counted, not on election night

Whatever the numbers are at midnight on Election Day, they won't be wrong — they will just be incomplete. The results will certainly change as the votes are counted. Americans must be reminded that they will need to be patient and wait longer than usual before we can declare any winners, writes Joe Ready of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

What one artist has learned while trying to teach about the Electoral College

Performance artist Pegi Christiansen has been talking to people about the shortcomings of the Electoral College. She shares lessons learned from discussing the national popular vote compact.

A new, unifying form of news can help fix a broken democracy

Unifying news can reduce the divides that so many Americans desire to to be rid of. This is especially true of unifying news to help bridge our political chasm, which seem most pronounced this election season, according to Braver Angels' James Coan.

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