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The Taylor Swift Effect: Voter Registration Spikes After Pop Star Writes Pro-Democrat Message On Instagram And Encourages Her Fans To Vote

Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She has the power to make a lot of change with just her voice, but for the most part, she has avoided controversial subjects. And obviously that’s a smart business move. When celebs start talking politics, they risk losing a large portion of their fanbase.

But with all the sh*t going on lately, Swift couldn’t stay silent. She went on her Instagram account on Monday and wrote a lengthy statement on why she’s voting for Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper.

“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.”

You can check out the full statement below…

 

 

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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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The post has almost 2 million likes on Instagram, and according to Kamari Guthrie (director of communications for nonprofit Vote.org) voter registration has increased dramatically since her post.

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” she told CNN.

Perhaps even more impressive, the number of new voters in Tennessee also increased. In the month of September, there were 2,811 new registrations. Now compare that to the 2,144 new registrations in just 24 hours since T-Swift’s post.

Now obviously some of the increase is because today (October 9) is the deadline, but still, it’s clear Swift has impacted the registration process at least a little bit.

It’s crazy to think. If someone told me back in 2008 that Swift would be encouraging people to vote Democrat, and Kanye West would be going around wearing a MAGA hat in support of Donald Trump, I’d probably think you were insane.


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