The Chestnut Monday Report

October 12th, 2020

Joe Biden's Gettysburg Address

“Battle for the Soul of the Nation”


On October 6, Joe Biden delivered powerful remarks in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he reinforced his unrelenting belief that we are in a battle for the soul of the nation — but it’s a battle we’ve won again and again throughout American history, and that we can and will come together and win it again. Click the video above to watch it!


How to Vote By Mail Tutorial Video

The Alachua County Democratic Party is pleased to present  the YouTube video, "How to Vote by Mail." We encourage you to use the video as an educational tool with family, friends, social contacts, faith-based congregations. In other words, share widely, and please like our YouTube Page, Democratic Party of Alachua County - Gainesville. 

How to Vote By Mail in 2020
Read these articles to learn how to Vote by Mail and how to make sure your vote counts!
How to Vote by Mail in Florida - And Make Sure Your Ballot Gets Counted
Missed Deadlines Account for Much of Alachua's Rejected Ballots
Vote by Mail Requests and Returns - State of Florida
OCTOBER 11, 2020


Total Requested      5,573,021

Democrats              2,530,668

Republicans           1,744,848

N/O                          1,297,505

Margin                        785,820


Total Returned         1,658,820

Democrats              844,349

Republicans           485,372

N/O                           329,099

Margin                      358,977
This is the dropbox outside of the Supervisor of Elections office, where you can drop off your Vote by Mail Ballot! 
Josiah T. Walls Building • 515 North Main Street, Suite 300 • Gainesville, FL 32601
Opportunities for Sign Waving

Upcoming Sign Waving Events - Sign Up Now!


Show your support for the Biden/Harris ticket and Dems down-the-ballot. Bring a sign or be provided one and be sure to wear a mask.


Waldo and 8th

Friday, October 23, 4:30-6:00 pm


 Sign Waving Waldo and University 

Friday, October 23, 4:30-6:00 pm 

Another (socially distanced) sign-waving event will take place on Wednesday, October 14th from 4:30 PM to 6 PM on the northeast corner of NW 16th Avenue and 43rd Street. Bring signs from your favorite candidate or your favorite Progressive group.
 Call Marilyn Eisenberg for questions: 352-871-8763.

Volunteer Opportunities
Phone Banking
Phone bankers are needed to chase the Vote by Mail ballots that have yet to be returned. We ask your help in calling voters in your precinct, as well as recruiting volunteers to assist you in this endeavor. We will prepare a script for you to use and provide you with the list for your Precinct. Please email Cynthia Chestnut at, if you are willing to assist with voters in your Precinct. At this time we have over 27,000 outstanding ballots.


Poll greeters are needed as early as next Monday for Early Voting locations! Greeters will be assigned 2-hour shifts 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 our coordinator Margaret Boonstra at Let Ms. Boonstra 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).

Faith in Florida Souls to the Polls Rally
On October 31 from 1 – 4 pm, there will be a Souls to the Polls Rally at the University of Florida Reitz Union North Lawn. This will be a socially-distanced event!
Thank You to Friends of the Women’s Club for their Support of the Biden/Harris Campaign!

A Dose of Joe 

  • Biden for President will hold a virtual event celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day. The event will feature remarks from Congresswoman Sharice Davids, and Congresswoman Deb Haaland, tribal leaders including President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Indian Nation, President Bryan Newland of Bay Mills and Chairman Cedric Cromwell from Mashpee Wampanoag, and messages from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigeg. The event will also feature musical performances from Native artists Levi Platero, Supaman and the Cozad Singers.

  • Yesterday, women business leaders penned an open letter in Business Insider to America’s working women about how President Trump has failed them and why Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the right choice for our economy, businesses, and working women across the country. 

Joe's Social Media to Amplify

@JoeBiden: On this Indigenous People’s Day, we must both recognize the past that has brought us here, and commit to one another to write a new future of promise, partnership, and equal opportunity for the proud Tribal Nations of our country.

@JoeBiden: I want every member of the LGBTQ+ community to know you are loved and accepted just as you are — whether you've come out or not. I'll fight every day in the White House to create a country where you can live open, proud, and free — without fear.

@JoeBiden: Health care is deeply personal to me. And I guarantee you that if I'm elected president, I will protect your family's health care as if it were my own.

@JoeBiden: In January, I said President Trump was the worst possible leader to deal with a public health crisis. And everything we’ve been through in the months since has proven that to be true.

@JoeBiden: When President Trump was told one thousand Americans were dying every day from COVID-19, he shrugged it off and said, "it is what it is."

It is what it is?

This president doesn't even pretend to care about the Americans he swore to serve. It's disgraceful.

Virtual Campaign Events to Amplify

On Monday, October 19 at 5 p.m. ET, join our virtual fundraiser featuring special guests U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Don Beyer, and FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. Click Here to RSVP.
On Monday, October 26 at 5 p.m. ET we're hosting a Get Out the Vote Final Push virtual fundraiser with special guests U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. Click Here to RSVP.
And on Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET, join our second Get Out the Vote Final Push virtual fundraiser with special guests NJ Governor Phil Murphy and FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo. Click Here to RSVP.

Important Resources & Numbers

  • Vote by Mail Information

  • Florida Online Voter Registration

  • (833) 868-3352 - Voter Assistance Hotline

  • 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:

Key Dates to Prepare for November 3

Early Voting, October 19-October 31,
9am-6pm, at six voting sites:

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office

Branch Libraries at Tower or Millhopper Roads

Legacy Park Multipurpose Center

Orange Heights Baptist Church

Reitz Union (Career Connection Center)


Saturday, October 24: Last day to request Vote by Mail Ballot to be mailed


General Election 7am-7pm November 3rd
VBM Ballots due by 7pm

Thank you for reading! GO DEMOCRATS!
Florida Democratic Party Voter Protection Hotline: 833-VOTE-FLA
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