Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

'Thank god for Taylor Swift': Voter registration spikes after Swift endorses candidates

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Freda Brock | 10 October, 2018, 02:12

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. That's more people that registered in one day than in the entire month of August.

Music superstar Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram an endorsement for U.S. Senate democratic candidate Phil Bredesen Sunday.

The organization also said it received at least 2,144 voter registrations from Tennessee residents in the past 36 hours since her post, nearly half of the 5,183 people who have registered to vote there in October.

Kirk says that the "proper" thing to do would have been to have some "neutrality" in her post, and simply encourage people to register to vote.

"She voted against the reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape".

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The president was asked for his reaction to the snub and told reporters at the White House he was "sure Taylor Swift doesn't know anything" about Blackburn. "Taylor Swift's visibility on this issue is driving a lot of coverage of voter registration and it's reaching many of her fans who would not otherwise be following news like this".

The star said that while she had been "reluctant" to voice her political opinions in the past, "due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now". She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also slammed Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn, a USA representative, and her record. She represented Tennessee's 7th congressional district.

"These are not MY Tennessee values", the "Fearless" singer said online. Traffic to Vote.org, a nonprofit organization that provides Americans with voter registration details and other information, spiked at 155,940 users from Sunday night through Monday evening - a significant jump from its average 14,708 daily users, the organization said. She bashed Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.

Swift's post has garnered almost 1.9 million "likes" and dozens of thousands of comments. "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, OK?" 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.

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