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Voter Registration Soars After Taylor Swift Says She’s Voting Democrat [PHOTO]
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Two days ago, Taylor Swift told her 112 million Instagram followers that she will be voting for democratic candidates Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Since posting her very long and informative piece of social media prose, the number of registered voters has soared beyond measure.
The Grammy-winning pop star posted a simple black-and-white photo of herself, and began the caption by saying, “I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee.”
She continued by addressing why she’s typically steered clear of politics, and why it’s important to her to speak up now.
“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.”
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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! 🗳😃🌈
Before the post concluded, Swift made one thing clear: “I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”
Thanks to Swifty’s views on politics, Vote.org says the number of registered voters has increased by nearly 70,000 people.
Yesterday, Kamari Guthrie, Vote.org’s director of communications, told BuzzFeed News, “We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24 hour period.” Guthrie went to say that voter registrations have gone up by an estimated 2,144 people in the past 36 hours. (Editor’s Note: That number may have increased since the release of the BuzzFeed News article.)
"Vote.org saw [Tennessee] registrations spike specifically since Taylor's post…Thank God for Taylor Swift." Guthrie said.
According to BuzzFeed News, Vote.org has 5,183 in the state so far this month.
It’s also reported that the organization’s website traffic has gone up by nearly 160,000 unique visitors.
So agree with Taylor Swift’s political opinions or not, the moral of the story is everyone needs to get out and vote!