Taylor Swift Causes Voter Registration to Surge on Vote.org

Angelo Anderson
October 9, 2018

Swift's enormous reach - she has 112 million Instagram followers and 84 million Twitter followers - underscores the way that celebrities can leverage their online presence by sending messages instantaneously to their millions of fans.

"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. 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.

By comparison, the site recorded 57,000 new registrations in all of August and 190,000 last month.

There was also a significant spike in the number of people registering to vote in Tennessee in particular. "Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me", the 28-year-old said.

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.

Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for Vote.org, told BuzzFeed News that the organization was "up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period" since Swift's post.

The organization also said it received at least 2,144 voter registrations from Tennessee residents in the past 36 hours since her post, nearly half of the 5,183 people who have registered to vote there in October. The site's average amount of daily users is 14,078.

"Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn".

Swift, 28, has notably stayed out of the US political fray in contrast to her more vocal peers, like Democratic supporters Katy Perry and Beyoncé, and Republican backer Kid Rock. "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". She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.

Music superstar Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram an endorsement for U.S. Senate democratic candidate Phil Bredesen Sunday.

She supported Democratic political candidates in Tennessee in an Instagram post over the weekend, and the post has since drawn responses from conservative political commentators and President Donald Trump, among others. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. Adding: "I'm sure Taylor Swift doesn't know anything about her".

Swift's previous unwillingness to weigh in on political matters led some members of the alt-right movement to claim her as one of their own, a phenomenon that her representatives have rejected.

West and Swift famously engaged in a years-long feud after West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to question why she had won.

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