Earlier this month, Grammy winning singer and songwriter Taylor Swift took to Instagram to endorse Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee. While the post earned backlash from conservatives who once considered Swift an icon, voter registrations leapt in the immediate aftermath of her Instagram post.
Now Swift is back on Instagram to address voting for the 2018 midterms with her fans and followers. Specifically, Swift hopes to get the word out about early voting.
Early Vote Numbers in Tomorrow's Texas Primary Show Why Republicans Should Be Very Worried About November
Democratic early voting turnout is surging past turnout of Republican voters as the Lone Star State officially begins picking candidates for the 2018 midterm elections.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are encouraging their supporters to hit the polls early, and their efforts appear to be paying off. According to information from Catalist, a data company working to receive detailed early vote return information this year, more than 30 million votes have been cast already across 38 states with early voting in place. Catalist's findings are not results (its voter list connects returned ballots with demographic and registration information, providing clues on who is voting and which party is getting out the vote), but the data shows that about 7.4 million registered Democrats and about 6.4 million Republicans have already cast their votes.
The data suggests that an uptick in participation from Latinos, who historically vote in lower numbers than the electorate overall, might benefit Clinton, the Democratic nominee. Advocates working to expand the Hispanic vote say Trump's controversial immigration proposals and often violent rhetoric about Mexicans and other Latinos are influencing voter turnout. “The Trump candidacy and the climate it’s created has really heightened the importance and the personal nature of this election for Latinos,” said Yvanna Cancela, political director of Culinary Workers Union 226, which represents casino workers in Nevada.