Published: Tue, October 09, 2018

Taylor Swift post drives surge of voter registrations

Taylor Swift post drives surge of voter registrations

Taylor Swift's decision to break her silence on politics triggered a social media storm on Monday, with fans and commentators divided over whether one of pop music's biggest stars should have shared her opinions.

The musician, who has long strayed out of political issues, also voiced her support for two Democrat candidates. "But due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now". Tuesday is the deadline for Tennessee (and many other states) to register to vote in the upcoming November 6 election.

According to Guthrie, Vote.org had its second-busiest day of the year after Swift's post with 155,940 unique visitors to its website, making it the site's biggest day since National Voter Registration Day on September 25, when the site saw 304,942 unique visitors, up from a daily average of 14,078 visitors.

Following Taylor Swift's rare Instagram post encouraging her 112 million followers to register to vote, reps for Vote.org say they were "up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period".

In Tennessee specifically, close to half of October's new registrations took place in the 36 hours after Swift's post went up.

But that's not all.


The Vote.org site has also seen a surge, with 155,940 unique visitors in the past 24 hours, when the daily average is 14,078.

That put the number of new voters registered through the site for October at 153,978. Almost half of this month's registrations - 2,144 of 5,183 - came within the last 36 hours. 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. "Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me", the 28-year-old said.

The Speak Now singer said she was a supporter of gay rights and women's rights, and against racism. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.

The Bad Blood singer backed Phil Bredesen on Sunday for the upper house in her home state, and unleashed a fierce attack on his opponent, Republican Marsha Blackburn, who now serves in the House.

After all, President Trump campaigned for Blackburn in Johnson City, Tennessee, last week and called her a "tremendous woman", as multiple outlets, including Fox News, are reporting. "Lets say that I like Taylors music about 25 percent less now, OK?"

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