Taylor Swift's Instagram Post Spurred Thousands to Register to Vote

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But on Sunday, Swift told her 112 million Instagram followers that she was backing and would vote for two Democrats running in Tennessee in the US congressional midterm elections on November 6.

In the less than 48 hours after Swifts post, Vote.org has seen more than 105,000 new voter registrations through its site, spokeswoman Kamari Guthrie told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

Swift went on to encourage her 112 million followers to register to vote, noting that October 9 is the last day to register in her home state of Tennessee.

The site is said to have also experienced a significant increase in traffic since Swift's post with 155,940 unique visitors in the last 24 hours - a figure second only to the 304,942 unique visitors who visited the site on September 25, National Voter Registration Day. The singer said she will instead be voting for Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.

Swift said in her comments that while she typically tries to support women running for office, Blackburn's voting record "appalls and terrifies me".

Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor, is facing Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn in what has become an extremely close race for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker. These are not MY Tennessee values.

Praising Blackburn, he told reporters at The White House: "I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing, (sic) or doesn't know anything about her".

The singer, who has long avoided wading into politics, broke that trend in a Sunday Instagram post. 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 that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. "Happy voting", she wrote.

Swift wrote that the Tennessee Republican's voting record "appalls and terrifies" her, noting that Blackburn opposes reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and supports businesses that decline to serve gay couples due to their religious views.

"For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100 percent on every issue, but we have to vote anyway", Swift wrote.

She supported Democratic political candidates in Tennessee in an Instagram post over the weekend, and the post has since drawn responses from conservative political commentators and President Donald Trump, among others. "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25% less now".



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