Voter Registration Sees 'Taylor Swift Bump' After Star's Instagram Post

09 October, 2018, 22:55 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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"I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing or doesn't know anything about her", Trump said of Swift.

Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org told Buzzfeed News that they have experienced an unprecedented flood of new voter registrations across America since Swift's post was posted.

For comparison's sake, 190,178 new voters were registered via Vote.org nationwide during September and 56,669 in August. That means Taylor's post contributed to a massive rise in registrations in just a short period of time.

The organization also said it received at least 2,144 voter registrations from Tennessee residents in the past 36 hours since her post, nearly half of the 5,183 people who have registered to vote there in October.

Don't expect this scene to play out again anytime soon, given President Donald Trump's bad blood with Taylor Swift.

According to Guthrie, the Vote.org site has also seen a jump in the number of visitors since Sunday's post, at 155,940 unique users - second only to the number on National Voter Registration Day.


Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Tennessee's open race for Senate Leans Republican. "Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me", Swift writes.

The Speak Now singer said she was a supporter of gay rights and women's rights, and against racism. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape.

Blackburn has not responded to the message nor Swift's assertion that her voting record is anti-woman and anti-equality. She went on to reveal, "I can not 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".

Swift implored her followers to "please, please educate yourself" on their local candidates and to vote. The singer took to Instagram Sunday to say she will vote for Phil Bredesen for Tennessee Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives, and specifically opposed incumbent senator Marsha Blackburn. 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.

"What I used to love about Taylor Swift is she stayed away from politics", Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative non-profit student organization Turning Point, said on Fox News television on Monday.

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