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December 13, 2018

Taylor Swift’s political statement prompts enormous uptick in voter registrations

October 9, 2018
Taylor Swift (SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP/Getty Images)

Look what she made them do.

Vote.org has experienced a tremendous uptick in registrations after pop superstar Taylor Swift urged her millions of fans to register to vote in a politically charged Instagram post Sunday night.




“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” the organization’s director of communications Kamari Guthrie told Buzzfeed.

That’s more than the entire month of August, when 56,669 voters registered. A total of 190,178 people, meanwhile, registered all of last month.

Swift, 28, had long remained tight-lipped on political matters, but broke her silence over the weekend to share her support for Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House of Representatives candidate Jim Cooper — both Democrats — in the upcoming election.

She also explained why she isn’t on board with Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.

“Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape,” wrote Swift, who hails from Nashville. “She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”

Swift went on to encourage people to get out and vote, even beyond Tennessee.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ??????

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“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values,” Swift said. “For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

In addition to having a national influence, Swift’s words resonated with people in Tennessee, as the state received 2,144 registrations in a 36-hour stretch after previously garnering 2,811 total in all of September.

Swift did not speak out about politics during the 2016 presidential election, but did post a photo to social media showing her waiting in line to vote.

After Swift shared her support for Breseden, President Trump said he likes the singer’s music “about 25% less now.”

“She’s a tremendous woman,” Trump said, referring to Blackburn. “I’m sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her.”




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