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Accurate election results are worth waiting for

Accurate election results are worth waiting for

It’s time for the U.S. to change its election night rituals.

Consider this: In 2018, it took nine days for Florida to finalize its governor’s race and 11 days for Georgia. It took six days to determine the results of the Arizona senate race. A week after the election, 10 House races and one Senate race were still undecided.

The reports on election night can be incomplete, misleading or inaccurate. So why the rush for results?

Official counting continues past election night. State and federal laws allow extensions of voting deadlines for military personnel and citizens living abroad. Absentee ballots and provisional ballots (required by law when there is a question...