Taylor Swift sparks voter registration spike nationwide

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Taylor Swift sparks voter registration spike nationwide

Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for vote.org, told Buzzfeed News that during the 24-hour period after the singer posted her statement on Instagram, there were 65,000 registrations on the site.

Vote.org said 56,669 people registered nationwide in August, and 190,178 registered in September.

The Bad Blood singer backed Phil Bredesen on Sunday for the upper house in her home state, and unleashed a fierce attack on his opponent, Republican Marsha Blackburn, who now serves in the House. "Vote.org saw [Tennessee] registrations spike specifically since Taylor's post", Guthrie revealed. Guthrie said the site had also seen a big uptick in the number of visitors since Swift's post, with 155,940 unique visitors in the 24 hours following.

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.

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.

Asked this afternoon about Swift's comments, U.S. President Donald Trump defended Blackburn, adding, "let's say I like Taylor Swift's music about 25 per cent less now". "Happy voting", she wrote. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples.

"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", wrote Swift, who is careful to control her public image. "But people would still rather believe that she is the one who is pushing Trump's agenda". In doing so, Kirk not only presents those issues disingenuously (Bredesen did support Kavanaugh but the sexual harassment issue was far more complicated than he presented it to be), but he's ignoring Swift's message that while you might not find your dream candidate, that doesn't negate the importance of voting. [Taylor Swift] doesn't like your little games and she wants Tennesseans to know that you've been in the swamp long enough.

"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.

She has built a relationship of admiration and mutual respect with a social media following that is three times the size of President Trump's and exceeds the population of all but a handful of countries. She bashed Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.

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