On October 8th, after years of steering clear of politics, Taylor Swift endorsed two candidates in the Tennessee midterm elections. The Reputation singer’s message led to a surge in voter registration, showing that Swift wields a huge amount influence. And now, the pop star has continued her political involvement with a new Instagram post.
Swift shared two pictures on the morning of October 17th in a post that urged her followers to participate in early voting. The singer wrote that she wished she had known about the early voting process when she was 18.
Swift paired her message with a picture of her festively painted red, white, and blue toenails, as well as a selfie.
The singer noted that in the state of Tennessee, early voting has already begun and will continue until November 1st. She also shared a link to Vote.org in her bio, noting that visitors can check the early voting dates for their home states on the website.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states allow residents to vote early. Three of those states (Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) automatically mail ballots to all registered voters in the state. And in the states that don’t allow early voting, you can vote by mail with an absentee ballot if you explain why you can’t make it to the polls on election day.
After Swift’s first political post about the 2018 midterm elections, Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, told BuzzFeed News that the site saw more than 65,000 voter registrations in a 24-hour period. This was more registrations than the entire month of August.
If Swift can have such a huge impact on voter registration in such a short amount of time, her latest post will likely go a long way in making sure eligible voters know the many ways they can cast their ballots. We’re so glad to see her using her platform to make a difference. And don’t forget to vote on November 6th.