Taylor Swift Takes a Stand

Taylor Swift recently endorsed two Democrats running in Tennessee and continued her advocacy at the American Music Awards.

"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," Swift wrote in an Instagram post.

But, her support collides with the fact young people don’t vote. Generation X, millennials and postmillennials (born 1997 and after) comprise the largest bloc of voting adults, according to Pew, but in the last four midterm elections barely 20% of them voted. Her announcement, though, seems to have had a significant effect.

“In the hours after Ms. Swift shared her political views on Sunday, the voter registration site Vote.org recorded a flood of requests, both nationwide and in the pop superstar’s adopted home state of Tennessee.

More than 166,000 people across the United States submitted new registrations on Vote.org between Sunday and noon on Tuesday, with about 42 percent of the registrants falling between the ages of 18 to 24, officials at the site said.”

It is said that young people are more interested in issues than party. If that is the case, the Democrats should gain. But only if we can get them to the polls.

Louis Harpster