With the November 6 midterm elections coming up in 4 weeks from today, Taylor Swift took to Instagram yesterday to support two democratic candidates in her home 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,” Swift wrote. “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.”
Swift professed that as much as she has loved voting for women in the past, she could not support Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, saying that Blackburn’s “voting record in Congress” appalls and terrifies her.
“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.”
While Swift’s message was a clear one in stating who she endorsed in her own state and district, her main message was that everyone should vote, encouraging young people to register on Vote.org.
Now Vote.org is reporting that they saw a spike in voter registrations in the 24 hour period after Swift’s Instagram post. In fact they say that they received 65,000 registrations in this short period of time. This compares to the 190,178 who had registered to vote via the website in all of September and 56,669 in August.
Swift does have a huge social media presence with over 112 million followers on Instagram. She has always stayed away from politics, but evidently the current state of affairs in this country and in her home state of Tennessee has convinced her to do otherwise this election season.