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Increasing Political Efficacy: Taylor Swift Is Encouraging The Youth to Vote

It was a shock for many when Taylor Swift finally opened up on her standpoint revolving around American politics last week. Being a popular artist, she was able to ignite the voting fire of more than 160,000 people in only two days. Last Sunday, she showed her support for two Democratic candidates on Instagram. With the November midterm elections coming up, Swift had caused a combination of praise and fury.

The “I Did Something Bad” singer may not be the very first individual to divulge her political perspective in public, but she is one of the few artists who have loyal fans despite her reputation.

Breaking her abstention from political affairs in an Instagram post to her 112 million followers, she seemed to be previously “reluctant” to converse about government issues. However, she explained that due to the circumstances that occurred in her life for the past two years, she was able to mature, which brought a fresh wave of feelings.

Swift’s post started with her supporting candidates who push forth certain rights that our country should have.

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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! 🗳😃🌈

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“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.”

Transitioning to the next topic, Swift then discussed the major fallbacks of voting Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, knowing the fact that Blackburn’s voting record horrifies her. She irately recorded Blackburn’s hostility to equal pay for women, her vote opposing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and LGBTQ marriage and rights.

“These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift elaborated.

The country-pop singer furthered her discussion and wrote that her votes would directly go to Phil Breseden for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. She specifically addressed Swifties (her fanbase) who are 18 years old and above to register and to know more about the candidates by looking them up online. She finished off by telling her fans that they should vote even if they do not completely agree with every single view of the candidate.

With convenience, Swift intentionally posted her political views on Instagram on a timely date before the voter registration deadline in Tennessee. However, it is very tough to forget Swift’s own controversial sexual assault lawsuit, bearing in mind that her post was published a day after Brett Kavanaugh became a Supreme Court Justice regardless of his sexual assault accusations. Even though Swift did not mention any of the men, the perfect timing of her post definitely served a statement in supporting women’s rights and equality.

According to Vote.org, in the first 24 hours of Swift’s post on Instagram, 65,000 people registered to vote. After another day, more than 240,000 people registered. This evidently proves the massive impact Swift has in this political battlefield.

Last Tuesday night, Swift was honored to receive the “Artist of the Year” reward at the American Music Awards.

She ended her acceptance speech with, “This award and every single award that was given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on Nov. 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys!”

On Wednesday morning, Taylor Swift educated her fans on how to vote. According to her Instagram post, she wished that she knew how to vote when she started her years of adulthood because it would have made the process easier. Nevertheless, with Swift’s political advice to her fans, she is slowly helping them to be more vigilant of our government and how it impacts our society.

 

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