Taylor Swift Warns Against Underestimating Young Voters In Midterm Elections

Lawrence Kim
November 8, 2018

Laura Ingraham wasn't going to let Taylor Swift live down her recent jump into politics.

A host of prominent celebrities waded into the midterm elections over the past few months to lend their endorsements mostly to far-left Democratic candidates. Add Midterm Elections as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Midterm Elections news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

'What is today? Tuesday. "Oh yeah, gotta go vote today".

"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.

"I'm feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice", the singer wrote in an Instagram post.

An analysis by data crunching group TargetSmart shows that 97,826 people between the ages of 18-29 voted early compared to the 12,812 votes the same group cast in the 2014 elections - a 663 percentage increase.

The pop star stressed the importance of taking action today by visiting polling centers.

"It's not enough to just want change", Swift said Tuesday.

"Kemp was just over 15,000 votes above the threshold to avoid a runoff", Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams's campaign manager, told The Washington Post. You have go and make change by voting, and today is your opportunity to do that.

"If you're exhausted of feeling like you don't matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground".

As an extra incentive, Swift said she will be reposting photos of fans who tag her in their #justvoted selfies.

After she posted her support for Tennessee candidates Jim Cooper for Congress and Phil Bredesen for Senate in early October, voter registration dramatically increased in Tennessee and nationally, according to Vote.org. Swift played it off as a declaration of "feminism", but failed to consider that Bredesen defied the women's movement when he suggested he'd vote in favor of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Swift made only a brief mention of voting two days later at the end of her acceptance speech for artist of the year at the American Music Awards.

She posed with her mother Andrea in front of Bredesen sign, saying: "These two Tennessee women voted for the candidate who has proven himself to be reasonable and trustworthy".

In a series of video posts, the 28-year-old warned that people shouldn't underestimate young voters like her fans. "Happy voting", she wrote.

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