September 14, 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

stjohnsdemocraticparty@gmail.com
Photos from Ridin' with Biden Saturday, September 12
Getting organized for the second Ridin' with Biden caravan on Saturday,
with more than 60 cars participating. Thanks to Mimi Parker and Bob Hellerman
and the other volunteers for organizing this fun event.
Candidate for FL Senate District 7
Heather Hunter with St. Johns County
Democratic Chair Nell Toensmann
Candidate for US House District 6
Clint Curtis speaking to the participants
prior to "Start your engines".
Getting the cars lined up. And we avoided the rain!
The Flags were flapping!
Riding through St. Augustine South, with a skateboarder.
Hola! And ready for the next one.
Next Ridin' with Biden event
Saturday, September 19
1:30 PM for 2:00 PM Departure
Meet at the Eddie Vickers Park
below the Willie Galimore Center, 399 Riberia St.
Itinerary will be Lincolnville and West Augustine
Ridin' with Biden caravans will continue throughout the campaign in support of our Democratic Candidate for President. Let us know if you would like to schedule one in another part of the county and we will help to promote it.

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.

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!

Many thanks to everyone who joined us on the 12th and we look forward to seeing you on the 19th and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Thanks,

The Organizers
A Video, Cartoon, Articles, Letters and Links
And now for a little Randy Rainbow humor.
"Veterans for Biden and Harris" magnets at Democratic Headquarters - 12" and 6"
as well as "Veterans against Trump" bumper stickers.
Democrats Continue to Encourage and Increase Vote by Mail
  • Have you signed up to Vote By Mail?
  • You can request a ballot from the Supervisor of Elections Office by calling 904-823-2238.
  • The office is open weekdays, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Or go to Votesjc.com and click on the My Voter Status button to request a ballot and to confirm your ballot status once it has been returned.
  • Ballots will be mailed as of September 24.
  • Last day to register to vote is October 5.
  • Ballots can be requested until October 24 in order to be received and returned before the November 3 deadline.
  • Ballots should be mailed no later than October 23 in order to be received by November 3 before 7:00 PM.
  • Ballots can also be taken to a drop box at one of the ten early voting locations from October 19 - 31.
  • Ballots can be returned to the outside drop box at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 2244 Avenue A, Suite 101, St. Augustine, FL 32095 next to the Sheriff's Office. And you don't have to leave your car!

The Latest Vote by Mail Statistics
In Florida, the Democrats have a Vote by Mail margin of 731,732 more than the Republicans!

In St. Johns County, the Democrats have 23,923 VBM voters or 46.78% of 51,138 Dems.
The Republicans have 21,762 VBM voters or 19.94% of 109,128 Republicans
The other parties total 9,647 VBM voters or 21.24% of 45,419 other parties.

Please note that - even though we are greatly outnumbered by registered Republicans, we still have a larger number of VBM ballots and more than double their percentage!
Are you interested in participating in our Post Card Project?
By the end of this week, you can take a bag of 25 postcards (see postcards above), with stamps and the addresses of families to send cards to one of our precincts. The suggested donation is $10 to cover only the cost of the stamps.
Phone calls continue for Vote by Mail

There is a new script for our Incentive Grant on the Florida Democratic Party website. Your local party benefits financially if we make 1,450 calls during a month. If you click on www.floridadems.org/phone-banking/ 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: zinkadoodle@gmail.com 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: votesjc.com and by clicking on the My Voter Status button.
50 Days until the Election!
St. Johns County Seeks More Democratic Poll Watchers!
The St. Johns County Voter Protection Team is excited to announce that we have created a St. Johns County Poll Watcher Training Class based on our Poll Watching observations during the August Primary! We observed very aggressive Republican Poll Watchers in several of our precincts so need to get ready for more in November. 

If you are interested in being trained to be a Poll Watcher during Early Voting or on Election Day - please sign up!  We are going to begin offering our St. Johns County training via zoom on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings during October. This will be the only training that you need to do as our training incorporates the other training being offered by the Florida Democratic Party. The absolute deadline to sign-up for training is October 15, 2020.  

The link to the Sign Up Genius for training is:

If the dates/times listed don't work - please contact the SJC Voter Protection Team at sjcvoterprotection@gmail.com and they will get something scheduled as we need everyone ready to go on November 3!  Once you have signed up - you'll receive a zoom link a few days prior to your training.

Finally, if you have a Democratic friend who'd like to volunteer as a Poll Watcher, please feel free to forward this information and encourage them to return the Poll Watcher Information Sheet (linked in blue) and sign up for training. And the team will need the information sheet as well for all volunteers

Kelly, Rhona & Toby
St. Johns County Voter Protection Team
Several important poll watcher deadlines to note:
October 5: In order to be a poll watcher for early voting that takes place October 19 - 31, your name has to be provided to the Supervisor of Elections Office by noon on October 5 on the list for our Democratic Party Poll Watchers. The team needs your confirmation by October 1.

October 20: In order to be a poll watcher for the General Election on November 3, your name has to be provided to the Supervisor of Elections Office by noon on October 20 on the list for our Democratic Party Poll Watchers. The team needs your confirmation by October 15.

Do not hesitate to contact our Voter Protection Team if you wish to volunteer.
Have you visited the new Floridadems.org website?
From the Chair's Desk — Your Weekly Update
Terrie Rizzo
Terrie Rizzo, Chair, Florida Democratic Party

Be sure to read the September 14 edition of the weekly newsletter. With 50 days until the election, you can find a number of actions in which you can participate, important vote by mail statistics and dates, days of action, several online fundraisers, links to press releases and more.

Did you receive a forwarded copy of this newsletter? 
Democratic Headquarters and Meetings
Biden - Harris Yard Signs, Bumper Stickers, Magnets, T-shirts, Face Masks,
Buttons and more are available at Democratic Headquarters,
71 South Dixie Highway, Suite 6, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Hours are: Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Please Note: By Florida law, we can only receive cash donations
of $50 per person, per campaign cycle (August 19 - November 3).

For any amount over $50, we request payment by check or credit card.

And for any donation of $100 or more, please provide your occupation.
Environmental Caucus of St. Johns County
Wednesday, September 23
6:00 PM

There will be a very special Environmental Caucus Zoom meeting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 23rd. Three members of Friends of Fish Island will present a program about their organization's successful fight in 2018 to stop the plans to clear-cut and fill Fish Island and replace this parcel's extensive marsh habitat with a development of 170 homes.

Now, the Gate Company has plans to construct a huge car wash directly beside the entrance to these historic and environmentally vital grounds. Email johnpilecki@gmail.com to get the Zoom link and learn about the emerging second fight to save Fish Island. 
St. Johns Democratic Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 24
6:30 PM

The St. Johns County Democratic Executive Committee will hold the monthly Zoom meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM. Members of the Executive Committee are asked to notify the office if they are unable to attend and to be excused.

The Zoom link will be sent to the members prior to the meeting.

This week's Indivisible St. Johns Newsletter has information on several meetings this week which include renowned scholars Timothy Snyder and Jason Stanley who will discuss Snyder's new work, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary. And information on an Environmental Climate Change Zoom meeting,

To read the newsletter, click on the heading above.
2020 Presidential Debates

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
9 pm to 10:30 pm ET
First Presidential Debate
Moderator: Chris Wallace (Fox News)
President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
9 pm to 10:30 pm ET
Vice Presidential Debate
Moderator: Susan Page (USA Today)
Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris
The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Thursday, October 15, 2020
9 pm to 10:30 pm ET
Second Presidential Debate
Moderator: Steve Scully (C-SPAN)
President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL

Thursday, October 22, 2020
9 pm to 10:30 pm ET
Third Presidential Debate
Moderator: Kristen Welker (NBC News)
President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden
Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Live Streaming All the major news networks will offer a free live stream as will YouTube and Twitter.

TV Channels – Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and MSNBC among others.

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 Monday Noon (September 14) 

There are 4,902 cases in St. Johns County with 63 deaths!

Duval County has 28,525 cases with 322 deaths! 
 
Florida has  665,730 identified cases with 12,800 deaths!

The US has more than 6,653,001 cases with 194,443 deaths!





Updates, Advisories and Announcements
Important! 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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If you have information for the St. Johns Democratic newsletter, please send it to: stjohnsdemocraticparty@gmail.com
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.