Taylor Swift continues to urge her fans to vote in midterm elections
Taylor Swift is urging her 112 million Instagram followers to get off on the right foot by voting early in the upcoming midterm elections.
“Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: EARLY VOTING,” the pop singer captioned a patriotic image of her toenails painted red, white and blue.
“It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6,” the traditionally apolitical “Gorgeous” singer continued, adding a link to a calendar on Vote.org.
The 28-year-old also provided an important update for voters in her native state of Tennessee, reminding them that “early voting starts TODAY.”
Swift’s missive comes more than a week after she broke her political silence.
On Oct. 7, she assailed GOP Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn because of her positions on equal pay, domestic violence and gay rights, among others.
Instead, she announced she’d back Democrat Phil Bredesen, former governor 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,” she wrote on Instagram.
“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,” she continued..
“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.”
Swift also supported Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat who’s running for re-election in Tennessee.
Her recent statement sparked a big jump in voter registration, according to Vote.org, inspiring 65,000 people to register.
But the “Shake It Off” singer — who also urged people to vote during her acceptance speech at the American Music Awards on Oct. 9 — incurred a rebuke by President Trump because of her comments about Blackburn.
“I’m sure Taylor Swift has nothing or doesn’t know anything about her,” Trump told reporters recently outside the White House.
“Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, OK?” he added.
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