Taylor Swift statement inspires voter registration surge

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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.

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She also acknowledged her past reluctance to address political issues but said that had changed in the past two years.

Kirk says that the "proper" thing to do would have been to have some "neutrality" in her post, and simply encourage people to register to vote.

Since Swift reached out to her 112 million Instagram followers, the organisation Vote.org said the site has seen a spike in voter registrations.

Guthrie told BuzzFeed that Swift's post led to Vote.org having 155,940 unique visitors, which is the second-highest total behind National Voter Registration Day on September 25, where the organization saw 304,942 unique visitors.

Young voters in Tennessee can stand with Swift, for example, when she supports candidates who will fight for "ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love", as she wrote in her post.

On Monday, Trump tried to mobilize his own followers by retweeting a message indicating Tuesday was the deadline to register to vote in more than a dozen states.

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Blackburn's campaign didn't comment on Swift's post, but President Trump did. (Swift appears to be referencing the sexual assault trial in which a local radio DJ was convicted of groping her at a meet-and-greet event).

Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor, is facing Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn in what has become an extremely close race for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker.

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.

Two years ago, Democrats turned million-dollar performances by pop icons such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Pharrell, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi and Katy Perry into zero electoral votes. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. For context, the site typically sees an average of 14,078 visitors this year.

Of the roughly 240,000 people who have registered on Vote.org for the upcoming midterm elections on November 6, almost half, or about 102,000, are between the ages of 18 and 29, the website found.

Don't expect this scene to play out again anytime soon, given President Donald Trump's bad blood with Taylor Swift. "Taylor's post has helped bring out young voters". I know plenty of people think that it's ridiculous that 65,000 people needed Taylor Swift to tell them to vote before they did so.

"Thank God for Taylor Swift", Guthrie said.

Vote.org also saw a definite jump in traffic in the wake of her Instagram post. "I don't think it's going to hurt her career".

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