September 7th, 2020

 The Chestnut Monday Report

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!!


There were a total of 2,107 Vote-By-Mail requests this past week!


Important News from Last Week’s Chestnut Monday Report! 

Are you interested in volunteering for the Alachua County Democratic Party? Learn more about the world of politics through campaigning and spreading awareness! Get involved now by clicking here for more information on what you can do to help during the upcoming election!   

ATTENTION UF STUDENTS!: For any individuals who are registered to vote in Alachua County that are not coming back to campus this fall, please update your forwarding address to receive your Vote by Mail Ballot!


September 24: Date that VBM Ballots are mailed out.
October 5: Last day to register to vote and change registration.

As we continue to fight COVID-19, it is important to reduce crowding on Election Day. In order to keep everyone safe, we encourage you to sign up and receive your ballot through mail to prevent in-person contact! To request a VBM ballot, call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (352) 374 - 5252.

Click here to register to vote or change your registration; click here to sign up for Vote by Mail.


Poll Greeters stand outside polling sites and offer voters a leaflet listing the candidates and issues the Alachua County Democratic Party has endorsed or opposes. The purpose of Greeters is to educate, encourage, and enable voters to not only vote for Biden and Harris, but also to vote the entire ballot, ensuring that all of our candidates are successful and that the issues we care about are enacted or defeated. 

A mask that will protect Greeters and identify them as representatives of the Alachua County Democratic Party will be provided, as will a packet containing leaflets and instructions. 

Greeters will be assigned 2-hour stints at all 6 Early Voting locations from Oct. 19 through the 31st and to all precincts on Election Day, November 3rd.

If you can volunteer for one - or several - shifts, please email the following: 

Robin West - 

(if you want to greet at the Reitz Union)

Margaret Boonstra -

-  or  - 

Charna Cohn -

(if you wish to Greet at any other precinct(s))

Let them know of your preference for dates, times (morning, noon, or late afternoon), and locations, and they will get back to you to arrange your assignment(s).


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


    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 FDP Chair 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

Cynthia Moore Chestnut, Chair
Alachua County Democratic Party

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