Now that Taylor Swift has broken her silence on politics, she can’t stop, won’t stop encouraging her followers to vote in the upcoming midterms. This week, she made yet another political statement, with a little extra help from a few bottles of nail polish.
On Wednesday morning (October 17), Swift posted two photos on Instagram; the first is a Polaroid of her toenails, which are adorned with either red, white, or blue polish, while the other is a relaxed selfie. “Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: ✨EARLY VOTING✨. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6. Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1,” she wrote in the caption. For those Swifties and followers not in Tennessee, she also pinned a calendar of the early voting dates for all 50 states in her IG bio.
“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. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote on Instagram a few weeks back. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
In the hours after Swift’s first post, Vote.org reported a massive spike in voter registration. And a few days later at the American Music Awards, Swift once again reminded everyone to hit their local ballot boxes. “I just wanted to make a mention of the fact this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people,” she said toward the end of her speech. “And you know what else is voted on by the people…is the midterm elections on November 6. Go out and vote, I love you guys.”