Ever since Taylor Swift used her star-power on Sunday with her Instagram post that encouraged her 112 million followers to register to vote, an unprecedented flood of new voter registrations on Vote.org have been seen nationwide.
Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for Vote.org, says:
“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,”
190,178 new voters were registered nationwide in September, and 56,669 were registered in August.
Voter registrations have also jumped in Swift’s home state of Tennessee, where she voiced her support for two Democratic candidates.
Guthrie added that the number of registrations is on the rise in Tennessee specifically after Taylor’s post. There have been 2,144 registrations in the state in the last 36 hours alone, up from 2,811 registrations in Tennessee for the entire month of September, and 951 in August.
Guthrie also added that their site has had 155,940 unique visitors in the last 24 hours, second only to the number of people who visited on National Voter Registration Day on September 25, when there were 304,942 unique visitors.
“Thank God for Taylor Swift,” – he said.
Swift wrote her post after a long and conspicuous silence on political issues, and she said that she felt compelled to speak out “due to several events in her life and in the world the past two years”.
In her post, she wrote that even though she prefers to support women candidates, she could not vote for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee’s US Senate race because “her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies her”.
“She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date r*pe. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.” – the pop singer continued.
Swift decided to throw her support behind Phil Bredesen, Blackburn’s Democratic opponent, and Jim Cooper, Tennessee Democratic Rep. She also encouraged her followers to make sure they registered to vote before the deadline on October 9.
Vote.org does not track people’s political parties when they register.
Taylor Swift was not the only musician to encourage voters to register before the deadline. Another Tennessee resident, Billy Ray Cyrus, also tweeted an acoustic version of his song named “Goddess of Democracy”, and wrote that this is your chance to make your voice heard.
“I don’t think that ever in our time has the word vote meant so much. I just think it’s a good time for people to raise their voice and know that they count, that their voice matters, and that it really does start with that vote.” – he said.
President Donald Trump, however, didn’t applaud Swift’s efforts. He told reporters that Blackburn is “doing a good job”, and that he’s sure Taylor Swift doesn’t know anything about her. He also added that he now likes Taylor’s music 25% less.