Voter Registration Spikes After Taylor Swift's Instagram Post

Voter Registration Spikes After Taylor Swift's Instagram Post

Vote.org, the website she linked to, reported almost as many new Tennessee registrants in the 36 hours after the singer's post as in the entire month of September, and more than double the number from August.

Taylor Swift's politically-charged post sparks a surge of voter registrations.

At least 2,144 of 5,183 registrations received by the organization in Tennessee this month so far have come in the 36-hour period since Swift's post, up from 2,811 in all of September and 951 in August.

The site has also received 155,940 unique visitors in the past 24 hours, second only behind the 304,942 visitors it hit during National Voter Registration Day on September 25. But as BuzzFeed outlines, the first few lyrics of the song are as follows: "I never trust a narcissist, but they love me / So I play 'em like a violin / And I make it look oh so easy".

Swift, 28, has notably stayed out of the USA political fray in contrast to her more vocal peers, like Democrat supporters Katy Perry and Beyonce, and Donald Trump backer Kanye West, who is scheduled to sit down with the President on Thursday. Channeling the fear about the future that two-thirds of her generation faces, Swift connected her "Tennessee values" to critical votes that a member of Congress takes, chipping away at one of the most significant barriers to voting, which is seeing the tangible impact that participation can make.

When reporters asked POTUS about what he thinks about Taylor's comment, the big man replied supporting Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (Republican), and added that Swift 'doesn't know anything about her'.

Through just nine days in October, more Americans have registered to vote through Vote.org than any other full month this year. "But due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now".

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Swift certainly didn't hold back her feelings in her critique of Blackburn and the GOP agenda, saying that she'll always vote for the candidates who believe in fighting for the progressive agenda. She also endorsed incumbent Democratic Representative Jim Cooper.

Almost 71,000 people ages 18-24 have registered to vote since Swift's Instagram post on Sunday. In fact, in her Instagram post, Swift wrote: Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn.

She went on to say that she can only vote for someone who will support all Americans, despite gender, race or sexual identity.

Taylor Swift has largely stayed out of the political fray in recent years, even as her peers - like frenemy Katy Perry - campaigned for their chosen candidates.

In a number of states, the deadline to register to vote is today, October 9th.

"I've been very active in that and Taylor Swift will benefit by that", Blackburn said. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.

On Tuesday, an old video of Donald Trump playing Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" while driving in his Rolls-Royce resurfaced, and quickly went viral on Twitter.

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