EU asks Taylor Swift to encourage young people to vote

European Commission (EC) Vice President Margaritis Schinas on Wednesday, the 10th January proposed a unique solution to boost youth turnout in the upcoming European Parliament (EP) elections by asking pop star Taylor Swift to encourage young people to vote, reports Politico.
Schinas stressed at the press conference that young people are more likely to influence their peers’ choice to vote than commission members, expressing his belief that Swift’s influence could play a crucial role in promoting youth participation.

“I very much hope that someone from her media team is following this press conference

and will pass on our request to her,” writes Politico, referring to Schinas.
Taylor Swift, known for her influence on social media, has in the past been able to rally young voters. Last year, Politico writes, after she encouraged her 272 million followers to register to vote, more than 35 000 voters registered on within hours, an increase of 23% compared to the previous year.
As June’s EP elections approach, in which the active participation of Europe’s young people is seen as essential for democracy, the Commission Vice President is optimistic that Taylor Swift can encourage a similar youth turnout in Europe as she did in the US.
Margaritis Schinas at the Wednesday’s conference stressed that Taylor Swift will launch the European leg of her “Eras Tour” in spring 2024 and will perform in Paris on the 9th of May, which coincides with Europe Day, writes Politico.
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