Taylor Swift’s Political Comments Lead to Spike in Voter Registration

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Vote.org, the website she linked to, reported almost as many new Tennessee registrants in the 36 hours after the singer's post as in the entire month of September, and more than double the number from August.

In the less than 48 hours, Vote.org has seen more than 105,000 new voter registrations through its site.

Swift wrote in her Instagram announcement Monday that she is supporting Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, who is running against Republican Marsha Blackburn for Sen. In the 24 hours after Swift's post - which specifically mentioned Vote.org - the site had 155,940 visitors.

"We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post", Guthrie said. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do.

In the Sunday post, Swift warned her followers in Tennessee that if they missed the October 9 voter registration deadline, there would be "trouble when you walked in" to a polling place and no "Blank Space" to write their candidate's name.

Swift continued, "These are not MY Tennessee values".

The pop star - who spent later years growing up in Tennessee - also slammed Republican candidate and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her lengthy post on Sunday, citing Blackburn's opposition to certain LGBTQ rights and voting against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

Vote.org acknowledged it was not possible to measure the direct impact of Swift's move, but Brooks noted the surge in young voters was in line with Swift's youthful fan base.

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According to Vote.org, there was a significant increase in voter registration after Taylor Swift waded into politics. For reasons that remain unclear, she has developed a strong following among neo-Nazis; on far-right message boards, white nationalists regularly declared Swift an "Aryan goddess" and falsely attributed quotes from Adolf Hitler to her.

She also said she'd vote for Democrat Jim Cooper for the House.

She's not the first artist to endorse Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor who has been helped in his current campaign by four-time Grammy-winner Jason Isbell and rocker Ben Folds. In October alone, the site has reported registering 5,183 in the state.

"She's a tremendous woman", he said. She added that she "will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives".

Cash defended Swift on Twitter, saying, "Those who tell her to stay away from politics are actually telling her to stay away from citizenship".

In contrast to Swift, West has controversially backed Mr Trump, posting photos of himself wearing Make American Great Again hats and praising the President's "dragon energy".

"I've been advocating for women in equal pay since I was 19 years old and making certain women have the opportunity for maximum pay", she continued.

Some have said that either Swift didn't write the words she posted or that she didn't actually know what she was talking about.

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