Vote.org statistics reported 51,308 new registrations in the 24 hours since Taylor Swift shared her political views and urged people to vote.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) October 8, 2018
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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! 🗳😃🌈
Taylor Swift’s endorsement of two Democratic Party candidates has reportedly sparked a surge in voter registration for America’s mid-term elections.
Swift broke with her policy of remaining silent on political matters by endorsing two Democrats in her home state of Tennessee and encouraging her fans to register to vote in an Instagram post on Sunday (06Oct18).
Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for voter registration website Vote.org, told BuzzFeed News the Look What You’ve Made Me Do hitmaker’s announcement had prompted tens of thousands to register to vote in November’s (18) elections.
“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” she said. “Vote.org saw (Tennessee) registrations spike specifically since Swift’s post. Thank God for Taylor Swift.”
The surge means more voters registered in the day following her post than in the entire month of August. Of the 5,183 new voters registering in Tennessee this month (Oct18), more than 2,100 signed up after the popstar’s statement.
The 26-year-old has condemned Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and endorsed her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen. She also advised fans to vote for incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper.
In her Instagram post Swift cited Republican politicians’ disregard for human rights and her fear of racism as the reason for her intervention, writing: “I cannot 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.”
The singer’s intervention was not well received by the country’s top Republican, U.S. President Donald Trump.
Praising Blackburn, he told reporters at The White House: “I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing, (sic) or doesn’t know anything about her. And let’s say that I like her music 25 per cent less now, okay?”
Bredesen, a former Governor of Tennessee, thanked Swift for her endorsement on Twitter, writing that he was “honoured” to have her support. The election will take place on 6 November.
– Cover Media0