‘Who is Taylor Swift voting for?’ is one of the election’s top Google searches

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Taylor Swift, who once said that voting makes her feel, so completely American,” must have felt pretty American today!

The pop star definitely voted for one of the candidates running for president or possibly wrote in Taylor Swift in that blank space even though she’s about a decade too young for eligibility but we have no idea who she cast her ballot for. And we, the people, cannot shake it off.

According to Google Trends, Swift’s ballot was a hot search on this election day ahead of anyone who actually has anything to do with politics.

“I follow it, and I try to keep myself as educated and informed as possible. But I dont talk about politics because it might influence other people,” Swift told Time back in 2012. “And I dont think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for.”

Although Swift has budged on some of her previous views, including publicly embracing feminism, she didn’t endorse a candidate during this election.

Some people are really mad that Swift has declined to become a political figure, accusing Swift of squandering her influence in order to remain friendly to as many markets as possible.

Others believe she’s keeping quiet because she’s a Trump supporter, citing a few reasons Swift might not be with her. Many of Tay’s known enemies (Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, etc.) are Clinton supporters. Tay’s bestie, Karlie Kloss, would be Ivanka Trump’s sister-in-law if she ever marries her longtime boyfriend, Joshua Kushner. Swift’s dad was a Wall Street dude before the family relocated to Nashville.

It’s a lot of baseless speculation, which, of course, is the internet’s specialty.

What we do know is that Swift voted for the next president of the United States of America bright and early this morning.

Today is the day. Go out and VOTE

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Swift posted the Instagram at 8:01 a.m. PST, meaning she likely voted in California, the location of one of her residences, even though she went to jury duty in Nashville earlier this year.

Considering that she was in NYC last night throwing a birthday party for Lorde amongst Clinton supporters like Lena Dunham, Mae Whitman and Aziz Ansari, she likely got on her private jet first thing in the morning to participate in democracy.

Since everything Swift does is intentional, we must look at clues wherever we can find them.

From the image, we can see that Swift is standing by a man in a blue shirt. Is he a Democrat? Or, like all men, does he just have a closet stocked with several light blue button down shirts that have no discernible differences?

Swift opted to wear a cold shoulder style shirt, which could be a sly nod to Clinton that may have been inspired by Dunham.

Can this broken nation heal itself without a confirmation of all of our pop stars’ political leanings? We may have to.

Bonus: Doug the Pug Recreates Taylor Swift Instagrams

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Uber, Google team up to help you vote on Election Day

In this July 15, 2015, file photo, Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area.
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Lyft just one-upped Uber on its Election Day promotion.

Uber announced Thursday morning that it had teamed up with Google on an in-app feature that helps users locate and request rides to their polling locations. The feature will appear in all locations where Uber is available in the U.S. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Uber’s largest U.S. competitor Lyft came cruising in Thursday afternoon with its own announcement: a 45 percent discount (in honor of the to-be-named 45th President).

The discount can be applied to one ride between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. (so you’ll have to pay for your ride home or to work) and is available in 20 markets:

Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver,Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, NYC and New Jersey, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, San Diego and Washington DC.

Lyft users in those markets will receive an email Sunday to access the discount.

Starting Tuesday, Uber users will see a pop-up notification reminding them that it is Election Day when they open the app.

Tapping on “Find Your Polling Place” will direct them to a webpage, powered by Google. Enter in your address, when you registered and select “Uber to Your Polling Place,” and it will then populate the Uber app with your designated polling station and show the hours of operation and ballot information.

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“Given the important decision people around the country will make on November 8th, we wanted to make getting to and from your polling place easier than ever. Teaming up with Google, Uber is excited to help make that trip as convenient and stress free as possible,” Niki Christoff, Uber’s head of federal affairs, said in a statement.

Uber rides will not be free or discounted on Election Day, unless you have never before used Uber. New Uber users can use the promotional code “VOTETODAY” for $20 off their first ride.

Lyft has a similarly sized promotion. New users can use the code”NOVEMBER8TH”to receive $5 off their first 10 rides.

Civil media organization Voto Latino created a super PAC My Ride To Vote, which is raising money to fund Lyft rides on Election Day.

For those looking for a bite or drink after voting, try out this map.

This post has been updated to include Lyft’s promotions on Election Day.

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