September 14th, 2020

 The Chestnut Monday Report

                                         Down Ballot Candidates Day of Action

On Saturday, the FDP Down Ballot Elections team held a day of action centered around Voter Education. Special guests, Congressman Darren Soto and Representative Joe Geller, shared useful information about Voting by Mail in a Voter Education Virtual Event. Democratic volunteers were able to identify supportive voters in November and learned about how to get involved in GOTV efforts with Florida candidates. The next Day of Action will be on Saturday, September 26 from 2- 5 pm ET. Sign up online at this link

                                      A Dose of Joe: What You Missed This Week

  • Mike Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and onetime Democratic presidential candidate, has committed $100 million of his own money to help the party's nominee, Joe Biden, win the state of Florida. Read more here.
  • Today, Jill Biden will join National Nurses United President Deborah Burger, RN and NNU members for a roundtable discussion on COVID-19’s impact on safe working conditions and patient safety.
  • Yesterday, on the anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the bans on Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines, Joe released a statement vowing that as President, he will immediately push for Congress to pass the VAWA reauthorization legislation and send it to his desk so that “we can fulfill our obligations to those women who are suffering and feel abandoned.”
  • Jill and Joe Biden released a statement on supporting police officers in the line of duty after the cold-blooded shooting of two Los Angeles County deputies, as well as the horrific death of Deputy Ryan Hendrix, a Marine veteran and police officer killed in the line of duty in Henderson County, North Carolina.
  • This week, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris released a statement on ensuring a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. In their statement, they called on the administration to answer three questions to assure the American people that politics will not play a role in the approval and distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Biden for President announced an expansion of the campaign’s footprint in Georgia and Colorado. In Georgia, hires include Georgia natives, current and former staff from the Georgia Democratic Party, Andrew Yang, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s campaigns, as well as various state legislative and ballot initiative campaigns across Georgia. And in Colorado, hires include alumni of President Barack Obama’s campaign, the Colorado State Legislature, and the Colorado Congressional Delegation. 
  • As Americans continue searching for real leadership among a raging pandemic, economic crisis, and civil unrest, Biden for President released new ads: “Fresh Start,” “Sacred,” that paint a sharp contrast between Donald Trump’s America and Joe Biden’s vision for a path forward. 


                                        JOE’S SOCIAL MEDIA TO AMPLIFY 


@JoeBiden: Just months ago, Donald Trump was planning to allow oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida. Now, with 56 days until the election, he conveniently says that he changed his mind. Unbelievable. You don't have to guess where I stand: I oppose new offshore drilling.

@JoeBiden: 26 years ago today, the Violence Against Women Act became law. In the years since, it has saved countless lives and helped change the culture around sexual assault and domestic violence. Writing and championing the law remains one of my proudest accomplishments.

@JoeBiden: Unlike Donald Trump, I'll listen to the experts and heed their advice — especially when it comes to matters of health and safety. You should expect nothing less from your president.

@JoeBiden: Make no mistake: Climate change is already here--and we’re witnessing its devastating effects every single day. 

We have to get President Trump out of the White House and treat this crisis like the existential threat it is.

@JoeBiden: Donald Trump said he wanted to be a cheerleader for the country. We didn’t need a cheerleader. We needed a president.


                                   Key Dates to Prepare for November 3

                            Thursday 9/24-- Vote By Mail Ballots drop in FL

                            Monday 10/5-- Last day to Register to Vote

                            Monday 10/19-- Sunday 11/1-- Early Voting (varies by SOE)

                            Saturday 10/24-- Last day to request VBM ballot to be mailed

                            Tuesday 11/3-- FL General Election 7am- 7pm,
                                                      VBM Ballots due by 7pm


                            Message from Terrie Rizzo on What You Can Do.

  • Make your plan to vote
  • Check your registration/ voter status
  • Register/ update your registration
  • Request a Vote By Mail Ballot
  • Sign up to Volunteer with the Democratic Party of your county (Alachua County) 
  • Contact family and friends to encourage voting
  • Help in registering more people by October 5th
                           Essential Numbers You Need for the 2020 Election
  • Alachua County Democratic Party Headquarters | 352.373.1730

  • Florida Democratic Party Voter Protection Hotline | 833.VOTE.FLA

  • Alachua County Supervisor of Elections | 352.374.5252 (Spanish: 833.803.0613)

    • Email:

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Celebrate National Black Voter Day on Friday, September 18th!



                        Important Information From Last Week’s Newsletter!

                                 Volunteer to be a Poll Watcher this Election

Democrats, poll watching is an essential function that protects voters and the voting process. A poll watcher is a volunteer who is able to be inside the voting precinct to ensure votes are being properly cast and procedures are being followed. And we need your help! 

There is no specific background needed - we will provide training to all volunteers so you will be ready to support Alachua county voters and the Democratic party in maintaining a fair election process. 

Please contact Marguerite Mills if you are interested or have questions about being a poll watcher:



On early voting days and election day (Oct. 19-31 and Nov.3), poll greeters will hand out voting recommendation leaflets from Alachua County Democrats (ACDEC) -- covering the whole ballot. All greeters will be given a mask (and gloves if you want) and will do at least one 2-hour shift on campus or other nearby voting sites. Most students are grateful for this info because they can sometimes be unfamiliar with down-ballot issues and candidates.

I need hundreds of helpers..... PLEASE SEND YES to or TEXT YES to (352)219-5914.

Let's Go Dems!!

Cynthia Moore Chestnut, Chair
Alachua County Democratic Party

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