Taylor Swift made headlines, confused the matrix and drew the ire of petulant conservative bros everywhere (including the president) by endorsing two Democratic candidates for Congress in her home state of Tennessee. While some commentators and politicians jumped straight to the tired 'celebrities should stay away from politics' talking points, other cultural critics knew Swift's words were likely to have at least some impact on her massive fan base.
So @taylorswift13 has every right to be political but it won’t impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to v… https://t.co/4q3GdbuHBa— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@Gov. Mike Huckabee) 1539002851
Everybody who was fifteen when Taylor Swift wrote "Fifteen" is now 25. They can vote. Thanks for the wild guess abo… https://t.co/FbM9UUAZk0— Louis Virtel (@Louis Virtel) 1539020251
That impact is now clear: an unprecedented amount of people registered to vote following Swift's announcement. "We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post," Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, told BuzzFeed News. The site reports, for context, that 190,178 new voters were registered nationwide in the entire month of September, while 56,669 were registered in all of August.
The numbers spiked in Tennessee specifically, as well. "Vote.org saw [Tennessee] registrations spike specifically since Taylor's post," Guthrie said. "Thank God for Taylor Swift."
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