Taylor Swift continues to use her social media status to encourage fans to vote in today’s midterm elections.
The 28-year-old pop star took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday to plea for people to vote on Election Day, as posted in a story published by Entertainment Tonight.
“What is today? Tuesday. What was it that everyone is supposed to do today?” she jokingly questions at the start of the clip. “What was it? Oh yeah, you gotta go vote today.”
She continued by reminding her fans, mostly young voters, to exercise their right to speak their minds by getting out to the polls to vote their conscience.
“I’m seeing a lot of underestimation of young voters and this new generation who now have the right to vote just in the last couple of years, but these are people who grew up post 9/11, they grew up with school shooting drills at their schools,” she said. “These are people who want to vote.”
“It’s not enough to just want change. It’s not enough to just want to vote,” she said. “You have to go and make change by voting and today is your opportunity to do that. I promise you it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”
“Happy voting, you guys,” she finished after encouraging her fans to tag her in their #justvoted selfies.
The singer also shared some voting information on her Instagram Story on both Monday and Tuesday, per Entertainment Tonight.
The singer let Tennessee residents know that they are entitled to three hours off of work to vote, shared Jimmy Kimmel’s list of candidates “who voted to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” and provided a list of states with same-day voter registration, per ET.
The singer has been silent on her political leanings for years prior to this particular election but posted on October 7 her feelings about the election which at that point, was to come.
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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! ????????????
She has also shared many pics on her Instagram story from her fans who were able to vote early in this election.
CNN reported that the singer has basically turned her social media page into a “get out the vote” page.
She’s among one of the most followed people on Instagram, with more 112 million followers, and she’s had her comments disabled for months, keeping any criticism of her politics off her page, per CNN. Swift also asked fans to tag her after they voted with the hashtag #justvoted and has since reposted images of more than 100 fans.