Taylor Swift Credited With 65,000 New Voter Registrations
By Admin on October 9, 2018
Love her or hate her, agree or disagree with her politically, this is awesome. In the 24 hours after Taylor Swift posted an endorsement for two politicians in Tennessee, 65,000 new voters registered according to ABC 10.
The majority of them were not in Tennessee, so they can’t actually vote for the candidates Taylor mentioned. The awesome part here, is that thousands of people decided to register. Whether or not they make it to the polls remains to be seen. But, they now have the ability to vote in the upcoming election.
You don’t have to agree with a celebrity politically, but you should acknowledge that getting more people to participate in any election is a good thing.
Vote.org had their second biggest day of the year with over 155,000 unique visitors second only to National Voter Registration Day. While the majority of new voter registrants were outside of her home state, Taylor Swift did have a big impact in Tennessee. Nearly half of the state’s new registrants this month came in the last 36 hours.
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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! 🗳😃🌈