The old Taylor Swift can't come to the phone right now.... because she's dead — and a new, political Swift has reemerged from the ashes. The pop star made another plea to her 112 million Instagram followers, and counting, to get out and vote in the midterm elections on November 6 (which you can prepare for here). This time, instead of wearing her patriotism on her toes, Swift waved around American flags with her mother in front of a sign endorsing US Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, who is running in Swift's state of Tennessee.

Swift gave another endorsement for the former governor in the caption of her photo, where she called out the "fear-based extremism" in U.S. politics. "These two Tennessee women voted for the candidate who has proven himself to be reasonable and trustworthy," she wrote. "We want leadership, not fear-based extremism. Early voting goes til Thursday and Election Day is November 6. Please don’t sit this one out."

Ever since she made a sizable donation to the this year's March for Our Lives (without giving any political statement while doing so), Swift has become increasingly emboldened in speaking up about her political beliefs. She did so to the applause and relief of many this past October when she denounced Marsha Blackburn, a Republican Senate candidate running in 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," she wrote on Instagram. " 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."

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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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Call it the Swift effect — or not — but Vote.org saw a spike of 65,000 registrations in the day that followed Swift's post, most notably in the 18-to-24-year-old and the 25-to-29-year-old ranges. Considering her reach, Swift's endorsement of Bredesen can only help his chances.

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