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Taylor Swift apoia democratas e leva ao registo de milhares de eleitores

A cantora utilizou o Instagram para incentivar os seus 112 milhões de seguidores a inscreverem-se como eleitores – e resultou.
Por Carolina Veiga, 10.10.2018

Taylor Swift decidiu, pela primeira vez, falar de política e, embora muitos a critiquem por só agora o fazer, pelo menos publicamente, o facto é que a cantora parece ter influenciado muitos dos seus fãs. A cantora declarou apoio a dois democratas que a concorrer às eleições no Tennessee e fez um post no Instagram apelando a inscrição dos eleitores. O site Vote.org registou um número grande de novos pedidos: tanto a nível nacional, como no estado natal da cantora, mais de 166 mil pessoas nos EUA registaram-se para votar entre o passado domingo e terça-feira, 40 % dos quais com idades entre os 18 e os 24 anos.

Por "dois democratas", entenda-se Phil Bredesen, que concorre para o Senado e Jim Cooper, um representante de Nashville, Tennessee, que contam com o apoio de Swift nas eleições legislativas de 6 de novembro. A cantora falou ainda da igualdade de direitos e sustentou o seu apoio aos candidatos democratas com base nessas preocupações. "Não posso votar em alguém que não esteja disposto a lutar por dignidade para todos os americanos, independentemente da sua cor de pele, sexo ou de quem amam", concluiu.

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. 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. 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. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. 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. 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. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!

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