Astrology

Here's How Mercury Retrograde Will Affect Election Day

The cherry on top of a chaotic 2020.

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Mercury retrograde fall 2020 ends on Election Day, but it can still have a big impact things — especially since it'll enter its post-retrograde shadow period for two weeks after the retrograde ends, which causes its effects to linger.

Get Ahead Of The Game

Delays and timing issues are rampant during Mercury retrograde, given that the planet's slowing things down for everyone. That said, mail or drop off your ballot as early as possible to avoid last-minute snags, or give yourself extra time to get to your polling place.

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Pay Attention

Mercury is the planet that rules communication and thinking. When it retrogrades, it appears to move backward in the sky for a few weeks — and this cause so mental mix-ups, so pay extra close attention to the instructions on your ballot when you're voting.

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Look Out For Tech Issues

Mercury rules technology, which is why tech glitches are so common during its retrogrades. This could affect everything from trying to register to vote online or even potentially slowing down the vote-counting process due to mechanical errors.

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Stay Informed

Mercury rules over information-sharing, so when it's retrograde, we're all in a total brain-fog — meaning information can easily get scrambled and misinterpreted. Do extra research and check your sources before sharing something.

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Be Patient

Even once our votes are cast, we shouldn't expect an official presidential announcement come Election Day. Because of the retrograde, things like recounts, false alarms, and other confusion-related delays will be likely, so we may have to be patient when it comes to final results.

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Don't Let Mercury Hinder Your Vote

Having Mercury retrograde leading up to Election Day is stressful — but so long as we're diligent and aware of the potential pitfalls, it doesn't have to be a disaster.

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