The Chestnut Monday Report

October 5th, 2020

How to Vote By Mail Tutorial Video

The 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,  Democrats of Alachua County-Gainesville.

Link to the video:

Link to Youtube Page:

Name of Youtube Page: Democrats of Alachua County – Gainesville


Vote by Mail Requests and Returns - State of Florida
OCTOBER 5, 2020


Total Requested     5,426,236

Democrats              2,480,028

Republicans           1,708,035

N/O                          1,238,173

Margin                        771,993


Total Returned         571,574

Democrats               305,982

Republicans            157,855

N/O                           107,737

Margin                      148,127




Tomorrow, October 6th, at 7pm, join Todos con Biden, Latino Victory, and special guests Luis A. Miranda and Lin-Manuel Miranda as we talk to voters in Central Florida to ensure we get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected in November. We will make calls to Spanish and English speaking Latino voters. Every vote counts and every call made brings us closer to victory in November. 

To register, click here.
Upcoming Events


It is difficult to recruit volunteers to be poll greeters in the rural, outlying areas around Gainesville.  Our poll greeters distribute the valuable information leaflets so voters can vote down-ballot with peace of mind. 

Thanks to the Supervisor of Elections, we have information on which voters have registered as Democrats in those outlying areas so volunteers can target them when they go door-to-door,  The Adam Christensen campaign volunteers will begin distributing door-knob bags in rural Alachua County starting Tuesday, Oct. 6.  We can add our leaflets to those bags and we can work together to get out the important information. 

It is possible to exercise social-distancing if a masked volunteer wants to knock on the door of an independent voter, step back 6', engage in conversation and offer the information bags. Personal contact is the most effective way of communicating and ensuring the literature will get proper attention. Bags hung on door-knobs without social contact are probably received less warmly. 

If this sounds like a volunteer task you'd like to do, please contact Charna Cohn,
or 352-378-9821.  If you prefer to help in another capacity, please contact Carmen Deere,

Make Calls to Get Out the Vote in Gainesville!

Sign up today! You’ll get a link to join your "Get Out the Vote" virtual phone bank on the day of the event.

To elect Joe Biden and Democrats up and down the ticket on November 3rd, we have to organize our community to get out and vote! We will be hosting a virtual phone bank to call on our neighbors and friends to get involved. 

Making calls is an easy way to take action from home. Whether it’s your first time making calls or you’re a veteran phone banker, we need your help! Together, we can win this election on November 3rd.

The link to sign up is
For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Joshua Hanson at


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 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 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).


Returning Your Vote by Mail Ballot

Voters can either choose to mail back their ballot via the US Postal Service or drop it off in a secure dropbox. We encourage everyone to return their ballot without delay and vote Democrat all the way down the ballot. 

  • To turn in your ballot, you can either mail it back, turn it in at an early voting site, or the white dropbox at the Supervisor of Elections office. 

  • We encourage voters to return their ballots without delay, to allow for plenty of time for their ballot to arrive by Election Day. We recommend that you mail yours by October 15th!

  • Your ballot MUST be received by November 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 PM. We encourage everyone to vote early and get their ballots in as soon as possible!  

For more information, visit or call the Supervisor of Elections at (352) 374-5252.

For any questions about voting, call the voter protection hotline at (833) VOTE-FLA.

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
Exciting News...
The Alachua County Democratic Party Office has Reopened!!!

901 NW 8th Ave, 12:00-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Call us at: (352) 373-1730

A Dose of Joe

  • Today, Joe and Jill Biden will travel to Florida. In the afternoon, Vice President Biden will visit the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami, Florida followed by delivering remarks in Little Havana in Miami, Florida on building back the economy better for the Hispanic community and working families. Jill Biden will also attend a Women for Biden drive-in rally in Boca Raton, Florida.In the evening, Vice President Biden will participate in an NBC News town hall in Miami, Florida. You can watch the events HERE.
  • Doug Emhoff will travel to San Antonio, Texas where he will tour the San Antonio Food Bank, discuss the challenges of food insecurity in Texas, and meet with volunteers.
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States. Secretary LaHood announced his support for Joe Biden in an op-ed penned for The State Journal-Register.


  • The Washington Post published an article on the pivotal role that older voters in Pennsylvania are playing to help elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The article highlights how older voters, particularly in the Philadelphia suburbs, are some of the most passionate and ardent organizers for Democrats up and down the ticket in Pennsylvania.

Joe's Social Media to Amplify


  • @JoeBiden: Receiving the Medal of Freedom from my friend @BarackObama was a great, great honor. I'm proud to have dedicated my life to serving this country — but I'm not done yet.


  • @JoeBiden: There are only 30 days until Election Day — but in many states, you don’t have to wait until November 3rd to make your voice heard. Head to and make a plan to vote early today.


Virtual Campaign Events to Amplify

SMART for Biden Phone Bank

Monday, October 5th at 6:30 PM ET

RSVP for the event here


Make It Happen Monday TX 

Monday, October 5th at 7:00 PM ET

RSVP for the event here


Kids First: A Conversation w/Jennifer Garner & Mark Shriver

Monday, October 5th- Wednesday 10/14 

RSVP for the event here


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:

Check out one of my interns' op-ed in the Gainesville Sun!
All Communities are Affected by the Climate Crisis

Key Dates to Prepare for November 3

Monday, September 28: Vote By Mail Ballots drop in Alachua County


Monday, October 5: Last day to Register to Vote!
Register Online:

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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