Singer Taylor Swift Causes Spike in Voter Registration After Political Post

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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 and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! πŸ—³πŸ˜ƒπŸŒˆ

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Who knew that an Instagram post from Taylor Swift would turn the world of politics on its head?


But, it's nice to have numbers to back us up:

Director of communications for, Kamari Guthrie says the singer's influence has caused a massive spike in voter registration in Swift's home state of Tennessee.

In an interview with Buzzfeed News:

The organization has gotten 5,183 in the state so far this month β€” at least 2,144 of which were in the last 36 hours, she said, up from 2,811 new Tennessee voter registrations for the entire month of September and just 951 in August.

This spike is second only to the number of people who visited the site to register on National Voter Registration Day back on September 25.  

Guthrie says then the site had 304,942 unique visitors, with the average daily users for the site being 14,078 in 2018.

After Swift? had 155,940 unique visitors in the last 24 hours since Swift's post went live.

Now, yes we know registering is one thing, actually getting to the polls is another.

So we'll look back in November and see if this really turned a tide, but until then we'll just take our HAHA TOLD YA SO and wait. 


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