Taylor Swift has once again proven her sway beyond the music industry, encouraging over 38,000 people to register to vote in one day with one Instagram post.
In the post, on National Voter Registration Day, Swift urges her staggering 272 million followers to register to vote through the nonpartisan nonprofit organization, Vote.org. Within an hour, the organization recorded a 1,226% surge in participation.
“I’ve been so lucky to see so many of you guys at my U.S. shows recently. I’ve heard you raise your voices, and I know how powerful they are. Make sure you’re ready to use them in our elections this year!”, Swift wrote in her post. “Register to vote in less than 2 minutes at vote.org/nvrd.”
In the period following Swift’s post, the Vote.org website was “averaging 13,000 users every 30 minutes,” as their communications director Nick Morrow revealed on Twitter:
Fun fact: after @taylorswift13 posted on Instagram today directing her followers to register to vote on @votedotorg, our site was averaging 13,000 users every 30 minutes. 13! Let’s just say her reputation for being a mastermind is very well-earned! #NVRD https://t.co/L80M5KRakq
— Nick Hutchins (@nr_hutch) September 20, 2023
Andrea Hailey, CEO of Vote.org, expressed enthusiasm about the uptick in voter registration, particularly among newly eligible 18-year-old voters, marking a 72% increase compared to 2019 and a 115% rise compared to 2022.
“The hour that [Swift] posted, we saw over a 1000% spike. That momentum really continued through the day, and by the end of the day, we had over 38,000 registrations that came through,” Hailey said.
Vote.org, aiming to register eight million voters before the November 2024 election, saw an impressive 22.5% increase in registrations on National Voter Registration Day compared to the previous year. The surge underscores the potential impact of celebrity advocacy in engaging the electorate.
Dear @taylorswift13 – may these stats serve as our love letter to you for amplifying voter voices! 💌 With our collective efforts, we achieved:
🎉115% ⬆️in 18yo registrants vs ’22
📰1.3M+ webpage views
Together, we make democracy shine! 💫
— Andrea Hailey (@AndreaEHailey) September 20, 2023
This surge in voter registration also reinforces the growing influence of young people within the American electorate. Political analysts have observed a notable rise in the engagement of the youth demographic, constituting a substantial portion of the voter base.
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Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com — In the Featured Photo: Taylor Swift performs during her “The Eras Tour,” August 8, 2923. Featured Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.