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Taylor Swift’s political warning triggers rare surge in voter registrations

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans have enrolled to vote following Taylor Swift’s politically charged Instagram message, declaring her support for two Democratic candidates.

The American singer’s public endorsement of Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper sparked about 240,000 new voter registrations within a day, according to website Vote.org.

In the lengthy Instagram post which caused the spike in registrations, Swift said although she had been “reluctant” to reveal her political views, the looming November 6 midterm elections necessitated a reminder to vote.

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 warned her more than 112 million Instagram followers.

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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About 102,000 of the registrations since Sunday were among voters between 18 and 29 years old, according to the site, which helps people register online.

Although it was unable to determine the extent to which Swift’s post lead to the sudden rise in enrolments, Vote.org confirmed “a massive surge in the 18-24 and 25-29 voters”.

Vote.org recorded 57,000 new registrations in all of August and 190,000 in October.

The registration deadline is Tuesday in Tennessee and more than a dozen other states.

Wading into politics can be dicey for artists with roots – and fans – in country music, the dominant genre of red state America. The country crossover band Dixie Chicks generated a firestorm of criticism when the band publicly disavowed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

President Donald Trump dismissed Swift as an uninformed voter. “Let’s just say I like Taylor’s music about 25 per cent less now, OK?”, he told reporters on Monday.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also chimed in saying her endorsements “won’t impact the election unless we allow 13-year-old girls to vote.”

-With AAP