Taylor Swift's Political Instagram Post Brings Voter Registration Spike

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Taylor Swift's latest political remarks are getting voters pumped to hit the polls.

According to Vote.org, voter registrations have skyrocketed since Swift made her Democratic endorsement this weekend. "We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post," Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, told Buzzfeed.

To put it into perspective: 190,178 registrations were filed nationwide for all of September, and only 56,669 the month before. Case in point, thousands of Swifties were inspired by her Instagram PSA, including those in her hometown. Per the report, 5,183 enrollments have been recorded in Tennesee so far this month and that's a massive leap from the 2,811 Tennesseeans who filed in September.

Ahead of the upcoming midterms in November, Swift penned a letter endorsing Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper, whose missions resonated with Swift's own sentiments on dismantling systemic racism and racial discrimination and furthering gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights.

In her note, Swift also turned her objection at Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, whose voting record the 28-year-old said: "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," Swift continued. "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."

Swift's comments were met with generally positive feedback, though there was one Republican who didn't care for her opinion: President Donald Trump. "I'm sure Taylor Swift doesn't know anything about [Blackburn]," he tweeted, adding, "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now."

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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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