September 7, 2020
Democratic Headquarters
71 South Dixie Highway, Suite 6
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Telephone: 904-825-2336

Monday - Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
View the Video for the History of Labor Day
A note from the Chair

With this newsletter, you may notice that we are using an updated template in Constant Contact. As a result, it has been a learning curve to negotiate. Because of time constraints and space, the candidate and election information that I hoped to include in this newsletter will be available in a separate newsletter this week. So consider this Part 1 of the September 7 newsletter and Part 2 will be available in a few days.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day 2020 as we begin the countdown to November 3 and the most important Presidential election in our lifetime!

Nell Toensmann, Chair
St. Johns Democratic Party
Supporting Our Candidates for President and Vice President
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Build Back Better
And a little political music - Neil Young "Looking for a Leader"
Some Interesting Articles and Letters....

Washington Post By David Byler

September surprise: Florida tries to awaken millions of nonvoters Steve Bousquet, South Florida Sun Sentinel

The St. Augustine Record, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR,
Barbara Blonder

Stan Weintraub

STEVE COTTRELL: Time to slam the door on closed primaries
Steve Cottrell, Columnist
Democrats Continue to Encourage and Increase Vote by Mail
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Phone Banking continues for Vote by Mail

There is now a new script for our Incentive Grant on the Florida Democratic Party website. You local parties benefits financially if we make 1,450 calls during a month. If you click on then click on the box for St. Johns County, you will see the new script and can begin making calls. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the new script before you begin as you may wish to rephrase it in a way more natural to you

If you have not previously made calls, you may have to create an Action ID in order to participate. You can set one up yourself by following the instructions on the website. If you have a problem, don't hesitate to contact Diane Abell at: or 904-827-3456 to walk you through the process.

And you will need to know the telephone number of the St. Johns Supervisor of Elections Office when making the calls: 904-823-2238

Registered voters can also sign up online for vote by mail, or to view their voter information at: and by clicking on the My Voter Status button.

Some current Vote by Mail statistics for St. Johns County....
Of the 50,934 Democrats currently registered, 23,478 or 46.0% have requested ballots.
Of the 108,616 Republicans currently registered, 21,006 or 19.3% have requested ballots.
Of the 45,170 others currently registered, 9,125 or 20.2% have requested ballots

New Vote by Mail statistics for Florida...
@FlaDems: 2,228,122
@FloridaGOP: 1,510,358

In 2016: Dems had 8,800 VBM margin, lost by 112,000 votes
In 2018: Dems had 48,000 VBM margin, lost by 10,000 votes

Today, @FlaDems now have a 717,000 Vote By Mail margin!

Thank you to all who have made this incredible margin possible!
Please note that Vote by Mail Ballots will be mailed on September 24
for the November 3 General Election.
Voters have until October 24 to request their Vote by Mail Ballot.
Ballots can be returned by mail, or taken to the Drop Boxes at
Early Voting Locations or to the Supervisor of Elections Office
24/7 and no later than Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM.

Early Voting will take place from Monday, October 19
through Saturday October 31 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM in 10 locations.
The final locations will soon be made available.

The General Election on November 3 will take place from
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in 48 Precincts at 39 polling locations.

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Are you a volunteer with your local Democratic Party?
Have you visited the new website?
 Last week the Florida Democratic Party launched its new website that will serve as a critical organizing tool for Democrats in all 67 counties ahead of the 2020 elections. The new website is more user-friendly to help serve the average Floridian, offering new voter education tools, a real time map of Democratic grassroots organizing events throughout Florida, and the ability to register to vote and enroll in vote-by-mail. It also continues to be a meaningful resource to Democratic voters, organizers, and candidates. 

From the Chair's Desk — Your Weekly Update
Terrie Rizzo
Terrie Rizzo, Chair, Florida Democratic Party

Be sure to read the September 6 edition of the weekly newsletter. With less than 2 months until the election, you can find a number of actions in which you can participate, several online fundraisers, links to press releases and the Florida Democratic Party positions on three of the six constitutional amendments on the ballot.

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Democratic Headquarters, Highlights and Events
Ridin' with Biden
Saturday, September 12, 2:00 PM
Would you like to join the Ridin' with Biden caravan and tour through some of our local neighborhoods this weekend to show your support for our Democratic Candidate for President? If so, you will want to be creative as you decorate your mode of transport - whether a modern or vintage car, truck or motorcycle.

The Ridin' with Biden event is planned for Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 PM. We will meet in the parking lot at the Ponce de Leon Mall, where Belk's Department Store is located, 2131 US 1 South. The caravan will then leave at 2:00 PM and drive to the Shores area. The proposed route is about 18 miles long.

If you wish to stop by Democratic Headquarters to purchase magnets or bumper stickers for your car, do not wait until the day of the event to procure them. The office, located at 71 South Dixie Highway, Suite 6, St. Augustine, FL 32084, is open weekdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will not be any campaign items available at the start of the caravan and we will depart promptly at 2:00 PM.

In addition to your "Goodie Bag", an itinerary will be provided for everyone participating prior to beginning our caravan, in the event that traffic lights interrupt the procession.

We encourage you to Be Positive, Smile and
Please do not engage anyone who is negative!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


Bob Hellermann (386-689-0595) and Mimi Parker (904-402-2474.
Below is the first of a series of videos produced by St. Johns County Democrats.
These videos will soon be available on multiple social media platforms.
Biden-Harris Yard Signs and T-shirts have arrived!
Also available at Democratic Headquarters are Biden Hats, magnets, bumper stickers, buttons, sunglasses, Biden and Democratic masks for a requested donation.
Ponte Vedra Democratic Club Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, September 9
7:00 PM

Join us as we hear from Ponte Vedra Democratic Club members Barbara Haugen, Bruce Holmes, Cathy Cosby, and Vic DiGenti about their reflections on various sections of Paul Begala's new book, "You're Fired: The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump." 

What suggestions might the book have for us in Northeast Florida for the final stretch of our activities before election day on November 3rd? 

You DO NOT have to have read the book to participate! All are welcome. Questions? Jan Kary 202.438-6750 or

Ponte Vedra Meeting Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 837 3068 4652
Passcode: 250969
Northwest St. Johns County United for Progress Democratic Club
Virtual September Meeting 
Monday, September 14,
6:30 P - Social; 7:00 P - Meeting 

You are invited to the Northwest United or Progress Virtual Membership Meeting which will include some of the Democratic candidates on the ballot:

Jan Cardia,  Anastasia Mosquito Control District, Seat 1      
Felicia Proia, Anastasia Mosquito Control District, Seat 3           
Brenda Stratton, St. Johns Soil & Water Conservation District, Group 4   

For more information, please contact Rick Chapman via email at:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 3179 3140
Passcode: 762814
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This week's Indivisible St. Johns Newsletter has information on past and future events and some action items, including contacting the St. Johns County School Board. To read the newsletter, click on the heading above.
Important COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
And the numbers keep increasing!

Click on the county on the map to see the data in each Florida county.  

As of Sunday Noon (September 6) 

There are 4,634 cases in St. Johns County with 60 deaths!

Duval County has 27,635 cases with 271 deaths! 
Florida has  646,431 identified cases with 12,001 deaths!

The US has more than 6,275,643 cases with 188,932 deaths!

Updates, Advisories and Announcements
Have you completed the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census is available and can be completed online, by mail, or by phone. The U.S. Census determines everything from your representation in Congress to the federal resources allocated to support your area, and it's critical that every household completes it. Please spread the word  about the importance of the decennial census and ensuring every resident is counted.
Some Important Links
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For more information contact:
St. Johns County Democratic Party | 904-825-2336

71 South Dixie Highway, Suite 6
St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Office is open Monday to Friday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
and is often closed on Public Holidays.