Singer Taylor Swift urged her 112.4 million followers to go vote early ahead of the midterm elections.
The singer posted a polaroid of her toes showing her American pride on Instagram with the caption, “Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING.”
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Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: ✨EARLY VOTING✨. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6. Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1 ?? You can check out your state’s early voting dates at the link in my bio
Swift broke her political silence previously when she posted a photo to announce her support for the Democratic candidates in Tennessee and urged her followers to go vote.
“I cannot 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,” she wrote in her previous post.
According to Vote.org, “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),” Fox News reported.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot 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. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. 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 rape. 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. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. 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. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ???
Young voters lean left
A poll by Brookings’ Governance Studies showed that young adults, 18 to 29 years old, tended to vote for more Democratic candidates than Republicans in recent elections.
The poll shows that there was a 50 percent turnout for young voters during the 2016 presidential election.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won over the young adults, receiving 55 percent of their votes, while President Donald Trump received 37 percent.
Similarly, during the 2012 presidential election, voter turnout among young adults was at 49 percent — 60 percent of whom supported former President Barack Obama compared to former Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who had 37 percent support.
Not many were happy with the singer’s initial post
Dems, you may be excited about Taylor Swift right now. But tell me it was worth it when it ends and she writes the break up song.
— Casey Mattox (@CaseyMattox_) October 8, 2018
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 8, 2018
I never looked to Taylor Swift for political advice and I don’t plan to start now.
— Madison Gesiotto (@madisongesiotto) October 8, 2018
The singer publicly endorsed the Tennessee Democratic candidate running for U.S. Senate, Phil Bredesen.
Forecast for Tennessee Senate race
Despite Swift’s announcement and public distaste of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican Senate candidate in Tennessee, Blackburn seemed to still have the lead.
After Swift urged her followers to vote, a New York Times poll showed that Blackburn had a 14-point lead.
A new Reuters poll showed that Blackburn has a slim lead but is still ahead.
The poll found that 47 percent of likely voters support Blackburn, whereas 44 percent support Bredesen.
The midterm elections will be held November 6, and many are waiting to see if the singer’s push in getting people to vote will change the deep-red state of Tennessee.