Taylor Swift’s Political Comments Lead to Spike in Voter Registration
Oct 10 2018
Vote.org reported a surge in registrations, especially among young people, within a couple days of an Instagram post from Taylor Swift directing her fans to the site. Guthrie said the site had also seen a big uptick in the number of visitors since Swift'spost, with 155,940 unique visitors in the 24 hours following. That's more than the entire month of August (56,669).
Taylor Swift may be single-handedly responsible for a tens of thousands uptick in registered voters. Voting is not the habit for young Americans that it is for others, so it's critical to remind them that in every congressional district and state on November 6, guns will be on the ballot - as will jobs, health care, gender equity and empowerment, education, student loans and the kind of capitalism they want to see practiced in the United States.
Vote.org, the website she linked to, reported almost as many new Tennessee registrants in the 36 hours after the singer's post as in the entire month of September, and more than double the number from August.
The number of new voters in Tennessee also spiked, she said, with 2,144 signing up in the more than a day since Swift's encouragement.
"In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions", Swift wrote in an Instagram caption.
Swift was scheduled to open the 2018 American Music Awards on Tuesday evening with her first awards show performance in nearly three years, the show announced.
"I can not vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin colour, gender or who they love", she said.
"As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn", Swift wrote. Marsha Blackburn, saying Blackburn's record of voting against LGBTQ and women's rights "appalls and terrifies me". Specifically: "She voted against equal pay for women. But people would still rather believe that she is the one who is pushing Trump's agenda". These are not MY Tennessee values. 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. "And let's say that I like her music 25 per cent less now, okay?" The musician, who has long strayed out of political issues, also voiced her support for two Democrat candidates. The deadline for voter registration in many states was October 9.
Grammy victor Rihanna in an Instagram post today also urged fans to register to vote - the last day in 14 states for citizens to register.
She has built a relationship of admiration and mutual respect with a social media following that is three times the size of President Trump's and exceeds the population of all but a handful of countries.
Grammy-nominated country singer Cam said she hasn't seen a backlash against Swift, but she said anyone should feel free to speak their minds.
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