Taylor Swift sparks voter registration spike nationwide

Rick Scuteri  Invision  Associated Press

Rick Scuteri Invision Associated Press

"Taylor's post has helped bring out young voters: a majority of new registrations since Sunday have been from people between 18 and 29 years old (about 64K out of the 105K total new registrations)", Vote.org said in a statement regarding Swift's Instagram post.

"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 News.

Look what she made them do: The U.S. voter registration service experienced a spike in numbers after Taylor Swift encouraged her 112 million Instagram followers to register to vote in time for next month's midterm elections. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn.

Swift said she could not "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".

In her Instagram post, Swift cited Republican politicians' disregard for human rights and her fear of racism as the reason for her intervention, writing: "I can not vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin colour, gender or who they love". As is the case in many states, Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in Tennessee in time for the November 6 election. Almost half of this month's registrations - 2,144 of 5,183 - came within the last 36 hours. The number of unique visitors to the site also soared, with 155,940 unique visitors in the day following the post. For context, the site typically sees an average of 14,078 visitors this year.

Some others weren't too keen on Swift's newfound political stance.

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The worldwide superstar had always remained quiet on the subject, with many people believing that she was in favour of President Donald Trump.

The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. "I can not 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". "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, okay?" was his response to reporters after he was told she wasn't backing Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I can not support Marsha Blackburn.

Swift, 28, noted Blackburn's voted against equal pay for women, against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act that protects women from domestic abuse, and opposes marriage equality.

Swift's previous unwillingness to weigh in on political matters led some members of the alt-right movement to claim her as one of their own, a phenomenon that her representatives have rejected.

"These are not MY Tennessee values", the "Fearless" singer said online. 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. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. "Last day to register to vote is October 9".

Fox News obtained data from Vote.org on Tuesday that shows new voter registration spiked nationwide, and in her home state of Tennessee, after the singer's post.

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