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Registrar of voters joins Nevada County Community Forum to talk presidential primary election

Natalie Adona, Nevada County’s clerk-recorder and registrar of voters, will be the guest of this month’s installment of the Nevada County Community Forum series.

Natalie Adona

She worked as assistant clerk-recorder/registrar of voters in 2019 for Nevada County and won election as county clerk-recorder and registrar of voters in 2022. Adona has been working in elections since 2008, when she trained poll workers in San Francisco and in Alameda County.

“The Office of the County Clerk-Recorder maintains your records when you get married, start a family, buy a home, start a business, register, and vote,” reads Adona’s biography at Nevada County’s website. “Your records and your right to vote are important. I will do everything in my power to ensure that our processes are lawful, transparent, and efficient and that our staff maintain the highest level of professionalism and integrity.”

Adona will join moderator Cheryl Dell, former Sacramento Bee publisher, for a discussion on the upcoming March 5 Presidential Primary Election and the registrar of voters’ role and procedures in the process.

Nevada County has long ranked among the top California counties in voter turnout. And like the rest of the golden state, turnout has been historically the highest in presidential election years.

According to the California Secretary of State’s office, Nevada County trailed only two of the other 58 counties in voter turnout in the 2022 November general election, with 68.9% of registered voters voting. Amador County was at the top with 72%.

Statewide, 50.8% of registered voters turned out for the non-presidential year election.

In the 2020 Presidential General Election, 88.6% of registered voters cast their ballot in Nevada County, and statewide the number climbed to 80.7%.

Earlier that year, in the March 3 primary, 67.9% of Nevada County’s registered voters turned out, while the state saw 46.9% turnout.

Across California, 38.4% of eligible voters — including those not registered — cast a ballot in the March 3 primary election of 2020, according to the Secretary of State data.

The Forum discussion with Adona is the sixth in an ongoing series of talks focused on local issues of interest. Among the topics covered have been Nevada Irrigation District’s infrastructure, the Sheriff’s Office responsibility in evacuating Nevada County and the challenges rural hospitals like Sierra Nevada Memorial face for a viable future.

The Forum is hosted and sponsored by the Sierra College Foundation, which also hosts video of previous discussions on its website. Visit for information. Parking at the Sierra College campus for the Forum’s free admission events is also free to the public, with parking lots easily accessible next to the N-12 Multipurpose Center.

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