Taylor Swift calls out the vote

Central Station | 11 Oct 2018

Pop superstar Taylor Swift's decision to wade into electoral politics has lifted online voter registrations, particularly among young people.

Website Vote.org reported over 250,000 new registrations since Swift, 28, posted a message on Instagram on Sunday endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee and urging people to register.

By comparison, the site recorded 57,000 registrations in August and 190,000 last month. More than 60 percent of registrations from Sunday to Tuesday were people between 18 and 29.

Swift's enormous reach comes with another best-selling album and tour as well as 112 million Instagram followers.

And Swift on Tuesday won four awards, including artist of the year, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles and again urged fans to vote.

But President Donald Trump called Swift an uninformed voter, snapping: "Let's just say I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, OK?"

The most notable celebrity to back Trump may be rapper Kanye West, who will lunch with the president at the White House today. And West and Swift have feuded since he interrupted a Swift speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

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