If you thought you’d seen the end of Taylor Swift’s highly charged political posts, think again: Political Taylor is back, and this time she’s taken to Instagram to double down on her ask that her fans vote in the midterm elections.
On Saturday (October 21), the singer uploaded a series of photos to her Instagram stories, all reposts of her fans mobilizing at the polls over the last few days. With 22 photos in total, Swift’s Instagram story sends a big message: The star is not backing down on using her social platforms to voice her political views, even if that means losing a few conservative male fans along the way.
Even Katy Perry—who’s previously had her disagreements with Swift—has taken notice of the the change in Swift’s previously mum stance on politics, telling Variety at the amfAR Gala on Thursday that “she’s setting a great example.”
Many of the photos that Swift uploaded to her to Instagram story this weekend feature first-time voters, which only further proves the star’s major social influence. Other posts show fans voting in the singer’s home state of Tennessee, and all include personalized notes from the star.
“I love reading your stories on why voting matters to you,” Swift wrote on one repost. “I’m so grateful to get to hear them.” Check out some of the singer’s Instagram story reposts, here below:
This weekend’s reposts come on the heels of the singer’s recent decision to speak out about voting in her home state of Tennessee. On October 7th, the star posted a lengthy Instagram message explaining why she’s been notoriously apolitical—until now.
“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee,” she wrote. “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.”
She then switched the focus to her fans—many of whom are now legally able to cast votes in their respective states—imploring them to educate themselves on the candidates running in their districts and asking that, no matter what their political views, they make their way to the polls this fall.
“Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway,” Swift wrote. “So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count.”
While this decisively political statement was Swift’s first, it appears appears to have had a massive impact on her fanbase, with Vote.org noting a spike in voter registration (65,000, to be exact) in the 24 hours following Swift’s Instagram call-to-action. The star followed up this post with a second political statement at the AMAs, using her award acceptance speech as an opportunity to say: “I wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”