Voter registration spikes on heels of Taylor Swift political Instagram post

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Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for, told Buzzfeed that a spike in voter registration was obvious in Tennessee where 2,144 people registered in the 36 hours since Swift posted. About 102,000 of the registrations since Sunday were among voters between 18 and 29 years old, an increase that the site said was likely prompted by Swift's post.

Taylor Swift has entered the political arena and is encouraging her enormous young fan base to vote.

Swift, who will be voting in her home state of Tennessee, publicly endorsed Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives, while singling out Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn for reproval, saying her voting record in Congress "appalls and terrifies me".

After all, President Trump campaigned for Blackburn in Johnson City, Tennessee, last week and called her a "tremendous woman", as multiple outlets, including Fox News, are reporting.

"I'm sure Taylor Swift doesn't know anything about her", Trump told a pool of reporters. "And let's say that I like her music 25 per cent less now, okay?" "I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG".

"There's going to be a backlash, but I don't think she's going to get totally Dixie Chicked, " Hubbs said.

It was not the first time Rihanna has waded into United States politics, although the singer is from Barbados and ineligible to vote because she is not an American citizen.

Diane Pecknold, professor of women's and gender studies at the University of Louisville, said Swift's transition from country to pop has broadened her fan base.

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Blackburn has not responded to the message nor Swift's assertion that her voting record is anti-woman and anti-equality.

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

In a surprise Instagram post Sunday, the music megastar broke her long silence on politics and encouraged her more than 112 million followers on the platform to register to vote. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. If it took a pop star to make young people feel like their voice and their vote matter, and that educating themselves on issues and candidates is worthwhile, maybe it's the mainstream political system, and not dispirited potential voters that deserve the bulk of that derision.

Swift's Instagram post had recommended people visit the website The site typically has 14,078 average daily visitors, Guthrie said.

In a number of states, the deadline to register to vote is today, October 9th.

Republicans and President Donald Trump have already rebuked her for the endorsement, but the Swifties closed ranks in support of her and many others have applauded her for speaking out.

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