Is Taylor Swift just another grandstanding celebrity, or is she about to commit voter fraud?
The pop star made headlines this week when she came out opposed to Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, saying “her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me,” The Tennessean reports.
She condemned Blackburn for opposing gay marriage and the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
“These are not MY Tennessee values,” Swift mused.
She endorsed Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Swift urged people to register to vote, CNBC reports.
More from the news site:
Voter registrations among young Americans shot up in the wake of pop megastar Taylor Swift’s Instagram post urging her 112 million followers to get out the vote.
Swift’s Sunday night missive, in which she also endorsed two Tennessee Democrats, catapulted the generally apolitical singer into the fray ahead of the November midterms. New data from Vote.org show Swift’s voice is already making an impact.
The nonprofit group said nearly 65,000 Americans ages 18 to 29 registered to vote in the roughly 24 hours after the singer-songwriter’s social media rallying cry.
By noon on Tuesday, that number grew to more than 102,000 — about 70 percent of which came from voters below the age of 25.
“Happy voting!” she wrote on Instagram.
But Swift may not be registered herself — at least in Tennessee.
A report from Information Liberation finds Swift is not registered in the areas where she has homes.
According to the site:
If you put the name Taylor Swift with the county of residence as Davidson and year of birth as 1989 (Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989), the state government’s website says: “No record was found. Please verify the information below and search again. If your information cannot be found, please contact your local county election commission to verify the accuracy of the information on file.”
Similarly, no record was found when the county was switched to the other largest counties in Tennessee of Shelby, Knox, Hamilton, Rutherford, Williamson, Montgomery, Sumner, Sullivan, Wilson, Blount, Washington or Bradley.
Replacing “Taylor” with the misspelled “Tayler” also came up empty.
The Information Liberation report notes the query was run on October 10th — the day after the October 9th registration deadline.
So where — if anywhere — is Taylor Swift voting. And if she’s not registered, why doesn’t she practice what she preaches?
UPDATE: Information Liberation provides the following update, indicating a possible research issue:
A reader says a local radio station in Nashville found yesterday that Swift was registered to vote as “TA Swift.” Though searching the database for first name “TA,” “T A” and “T.A.” did not bring anything up, it’s possible there’s just an issue with their search form.
UPDATE II: It appears it may have just been an issue with the search form. A commenter found out that if you put only “T” in the first name field and “Swift” in the last it will take you to a page showing a “T A Swift” is in their database and it asks you for the last four digits of your social security number to continue.