Voter registration spikes on heels of Taylor Swift political Instagram post

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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.

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.

Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for vote.org, told BuzzFeed that the site saw 65,000 registrations between Sunday and Monday-about a third as many as the site had in the entire month of September (190,178 new registrations).

Guthrie said traffic to her organization increased after Swift's post, with 155,940 unique visitors coming to Vote.org in the 24 hours following, compared to the average number of daily users of 14,078. "Happy voting", she wrote.

"In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions", Swift wrote in an Instagram caption.

New voter registration has surged in the wake of pop superstar Taylor Swift's rare political statement on Sunday.

She supported Democratic political candidates in Tennessee in an Instagram post over the weekend, and the post has since drawn responses from conservative political commentators and President Donald Trump, among others.

Some sought to play down Swift's influence outside her predominantly young girl fan base, including former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

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Swift also blasted Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Bredesen's Republican opponent, for having voted against those values. 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.

In addition to Bredesen, Swift endorsed Democratic US Representative Jim Cooper for re-election in a Tennessee congressional race. 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.

Model Chrissy Teigen, actress Blake Lively and singer Perry were among those adding "likes" to Swift's Instagram post.

Grammy victor Rihanna in an Instagram post today also urged fans to register to vote - the last day in 14 states for citizens to register.

The most notable celebrity to support Trump may be the rapper Kanye West, who has been invited for lunch with the president at the White House on Thursday.

Swift went on to say that she will not vote for Marsha Blackburn, despite her desire to see women in office. It seems that fans and followers from the musician's home state of Tennesse were among the most impacted by Taylor's words. "Taylor's post has helped bring out young voters".

"Thank God for Taylor Swift", Guthrie said.

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