Your Vote Does Count. Three Ways You Can Make A Difference 11.08.16

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

This is addressed to anyone who is




in the upcoming election, November 8, 2016.


If you support and plan to vote for Trump or Clinton, this is not written to you.

I would not waste my time trying to convince you to change your mind.

Please give me the same respect and refrain from trying to change mine.


For most of my life I have not been interested in, or well informed about, politics.

I didn't vote for many years because I didn't think it would make any difference. 

In 2008 and 2012, believing our "two party" system is broken, I went to the voting booth and voted for all the third party candidates on the ballot....leaving boxes blank where the only choice was R or D. 

I was making a statement....

Today they call it a protest vote.


This year, 2016, is different.  This year I am not casting a protest vote.

I am voting for the presidential candidate that I actually feel is the BEST choice.

Yes, he is a third party candidate, but this time I have done my homework. I have spent hours reading and researching. I have watched the debates.

I believe Gary Johnson is not only the best candidate, I believe he would be a great leader. 


"You are wasting your vote!"

  I'm so sick of hearing that.

There are two ways to waste your vote:  

1. Don't vote

2. Vote for someone you don't believe in. (The lesser of two evils is still evil)


Trump supporters say a vote for Johnson is a vote for Clinton.

Clinton supporters say a vote for Johnson is a vote for Trump.



Here's what I think.....A vote for Johnson is a vote for Johnson.  P E R I O D


So..... to the undecided voter or non-voter:

If you feel neither Trump or Clinton is the right choice....

If you think the system is broken and there is no way to fix it...

If you think your vote won't make a difference....

Please consider this:


Here are three ways your vote for Gary Johnson could make a difference:


1.  A Johnson win is unlikely, but absolutely possible.

If all the people who say   " I would vote for Gary Johnson if he had a chance "  actually did vote for him, it would be a landslide win for Gary Johnson.

More people don't vote than do. A small percentage of Americans are predicted to choose our president, while the majority sit at home and say change is needed.

Most voters vote for either R or D because they believe it's their only viable option.

Yes, there are die hard voters on both sides, supporting their party at all cost, but I believe there are more people voting AGAINST Trump or Clinton, than there are voting FOR them.

Let's talk numbers.  The largest block of voters, 43%, are those registered as Independent.

Independent voters alone are enough to take control of the election, nevermind adding in undecided voters, and non-voters.


2.  If neither Trump or Clinton gets 270 electoral votes, the election goes to the House of Representatives.

All Johnson has to do is win his home state of New Mexico and this scenerio becomes a reality.

Polling data from across the country shows that Johnson could win 5 or more states.

The House of Representatives would choose the new president from one of the top three candidates.  The current house is strongly Republican so it's unlikely they will elect Clinton and Republican support of Trump is questionable.

Former two-term Republican Governor Gary Johnson, who has proven his ability to work with both Republicans and Democrats, could be the perfect compromise.


3.  A Johnson loss is still a giant step in the right direction.

If Johnson gets at least 5% of the popular vote, the Libertarian party gets "major party" status and will be eligible for federal funds ($20 million +/-) for the next election.  That's a very big deal.

It is the lack of funds that currently makes it almost impossible for a third party to compete against the R and D parties.  

Polls show that Johnson has a very good chance of reaching that percentage.

Your vote could guarantee it and add a much needed third voice to the 2020 election.



The Democratic party has overwhelming support from the press. Media coverage of the Johnson campaign has been limited to negative, misleading sound bites. They are spending millions to discredit him as a viable candidate.

Gary Johnson has executive governing experience....eight years as Governor of New Mexico. He knows how to balance the budget and how to bring both sides of the aisle together to get things accomplished. As a Republican running for office in a predominantly Democratic state he not only won, he was re- elected for a second term.

During his run as governor, he adhered to an anti-tax policy and set state and national records for the number of times he used his veto power.  

Contrary to public opinion after the "Aleppo" incident, Mr. Johnson is well informed on foreign policy.... Gary Johnson: My Foreign Policy Vision.



Are you sick of the partisanship and polarization of Washington?  Would you like to shake up the establishment and end the duopoly? 


This could be the year that we the people actually have a chance of making a change.


 More than ever before,

your vote does count and it could make all the difference in the world.



Johnson Weld website

Gary Johnson on facebook 

Comments (23)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Rebecca Lewis  Thank you.  It took a lot for me to share it.  I don't like sticking my neck out like this, but I felt strongly that it needed to be shared.

Oct 17, 2016 02:42 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It would be something if Johnson or any of the third party candidates won, or stopped the others from getting to 270.  

Oct 17, 2016 03:18 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Chris Ann Cleland  The deck is certainly stacked against a third party win, but the way things are going, anything is possible. For many people, it's a matter of doing something that can lead to positive change. Johnson does have a chance of keeping the other two from reaching 270....and then it's a whole new game.

Oct 17, 2016 03:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- while I choose not to discuss politics with family or on social media, I have no issue with people supporting their candidate as long as civility remains intact instead of the finger pointing that is far too common.

Regardless of the outcome of this election, I believe there will be continued "talk" of changes/shifts that will occur in 2018(and 2020) --- we shall see...we shall see.   

Oct 17, 2016 04:14 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Michael Jacobs  If I didn't feel as strongly as I do that Johnson deserves a place on the debate stage and more positive media attention, believe me I wouldn't be writing this and sharing so much political stuff on facebook. 

It's not me.  I avoid confrontation at all cost. I can't believe the horrible things I'm reading on some of the comment threads.

Oct 17, 2016 04:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sharon- knowing you as I do, I know that it took a lot for you to open yourself up with this post.  And I admire that.  For those who are not happy with either Him or Her, don't NOT vote. That's saying you give up, and we can't give up on our country.  Read and decide, just as you've done, and vote for the candidate you feel is best.

Oct 17, 2016 12:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sharon I am not supporting anyone on Social Media who preaches politics, I have been so annoyed with people that are for either one of the main candidates. Republican or Democrat... posting on Face Book 12-15 posts a day... defeats the purpose,  I suspect most people will agree with me but will not say it... and  want to de-friend anyone who preaches politics. I find it is best to leave politics, religion off Social Media... especially since  one candidate has to win and it could basically backfire on the relationships after the election too... but what do I know.... I am all for Voting just not Preaching.... and if you are offended sorry, just my two cent. FYI I have friends who have supported Jack Kennedy when he ran for president financially and I also have friend who supported Richard Nixon when he ran for president and neither one Preach on Social Media and can come over to have dinner at my house and not Preach their Politics and still have a good time eating good meals and drinking good wines...Endre


Oct 17, 2016 02:56 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I will be voting and I am proud and happy to have the privilege. Have a wonderful week, Sharon Tara, -  only 21 more days. Whoever wins, will need our good wishes, positive thoughts,  assistance, and prayers.

Oct 17, 2016 05:47 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib  It was extremely difficult for me to post this. I appreciate you understanding that. Thank you.

I did give up many years ago, I really felt it was hopeless and couldn't change.

I still believe that the current system is broken, but I no longer feel hopeless.

It will take work and time...but I do believe we can fix it.

Oct 17, 2016 10:56 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I agree with you, Sharon. This is a difficult choice which requires peeling back many layers. I plan to vote today and get it done.

Oct 17, 2016 10:58 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Endre Barath, Jr.  I'm not offended at all by what you say. I actually agree with most of it. I myself have defriended because of politics...not because of who they were supporting, but because of how attacking and rude they were to those who disagreed with them.

I don't like all the political stuff on facebook, but I disagree with you that it doesn't belong there. Facebook is the obvious place to share your thoughts and compare ideas, with both those who agree and disagree with you.  Unfortunately, it's gotten nasty....this is such a hate and anger filled election.

I can't tell for sure if you think my post is "preaching" or not.  Your hope that I'm not offended makes me think you do think I'm preachy.  I certainly didn't intend to give that impression.

It took me a week to write this.  It did not come easy.

My intent is to present an option for those who are having trouble with the difficult decision of choosing from what they believe to be the only two options.

Oct 17, 2016 11:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Sharon sorry for the late response needless to say, I find that when someone posts 12-14 times a day on FB is just nutty... as to politics, that is the beauty of our system it is done privately so no one needs to know who we chose...I find that Social Media has created this mentality that we need to tell everything to the whole world, from breakfast to short of bowel movements.... I guess I have grown more private the older I get and keep my cards closer to the vest hence I manage to have friends from both sides of the isle:))Endre

Oct 21, 2016 08:31 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Jane Chaulklin-Schott  Lots of prayers!  Regardless of who wins, I pray we can come together and get past all the anger.

Debbie Reynolds  It will be over soon and we can begin to rebuild!

Oct 17, 2016 11:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting perspective.


Oct 17, 2016 11:31 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Roy Kelley  I'm glad you found it interesting. Thank you!

Oct 17, 2016 11:54 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sharon, that you vote is so important!  What doesn't work, especially in a year like this, is people staying home from the voting booth and then whining about the outcome.  And you're right.  There is no such thing as a wasted vote!

Oct 18, 2016 12:12 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia Kennedy  Thank you for your support on the "wasted vote" thing. It's been very frustrating!

Oct 18, 2016 02:48 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Oh so true Sharon. If you do not vote do not complain about our country. Make your vote count, educate yourself.

Oct 18, 2016 08:15 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Noah Seidenberg  It's not easy educating yourself on the candidates these can't trust most of what the media puts out and forget the internet. You also have to take whatever the candidates make as promises with a grain of salt. We all know how many of those ever become reality.  We do the best we can and go with our gut.

Oct 18, 2016 09:05 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Sharon Tara 

This election cycle has succeeded in peeling back the layers and (finally) making more of the public aware of just how broken the political system is in our country.  I am voting and I can't wait for November 8th to see what we have to deal with for the next four years.

Oct 18, 2016 12:00 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Lisa Von Domek  We have peeled back the layers and seen the slimy underside of it all. It's in need of change and hopefully enough people now realize it.

Oct 18, 2016 10:57 PM