Pop superstar Taylor Swift has a political crush on Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, having used Instagram to endorse both Democrats in their races.
The New York Daily News reported her saying:
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.
Democratic former Governor Bredesen is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker (R-TN). U.S. Representative Cooper (D-TN-07) is running for re-election in Nashville, where he has served since 2003. If Bredesen and Cooper lose, will Swift turn them into her next breakup song?
Another question is, does she qualify to vote in Tennessee?
Swift appears to live in Nashville once more after having moved to Tribeca where she bought a $20 million pad in 2014. She apparently has moved back to Nashville, but still retains ownership of the New York City condo. She sold a Beverly Hills home for $2.65 million. The home was one of eight in Swift’s collection spanning from New York to Nashville to Rhode Island. She also owns another, much larger estate in Beverly Hills.
It is not known if she is currently registered to vote in Tennessee or New York.
Nor is it known which state Swift claims for tax purposes or how many days she claims to live in each residence. Tennessee has no state income tax. New York State has very high state income taxes, while New York City has very high city income taxes.
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, which oversees elections, has specific requirements for establishing residency, including:
- Location of the person’s occupation;
- Place of licensing or registration of the person’s personal property;
- Place of payment of taxes which are governed by residence;
- Purpose for a person’s presence in a particular place; and
- Place of the person’s licensing for activities such as driving.
Since Swift said she will vote for Cooper and Bredesen, she must have declared Davidson County as her residence.
While endorsing the Democrats, Swift also criticized Senate candidate U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) in her social media post, Fox News said.
“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.” (emphasis added)
Bredesen was quick to thank Swift on Twitter, saying he’s “honored” by support from her and “that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done.”
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.