Clear winners may have already been announced from November’s General Election, but only now has the shakedown of numbers from each of Moonshine Ink’s coverage counties become  fully official, from the local level all the way up to the big house.

“Turnout was very high in this election, and probably the highest for Nevada County in recent memory,” wrote Natalie Adona, assistant clerk and recorder in the county’s registrar office, in an email to Moonshine Ink.

The county began mailing ballots to all registered voters in 2018 under the state’s Voter’s Choice Act, and thus receiving a ballot by mail was nothing new, Adona added.

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“More voters used the drop boxes than in past elections, which was an important shift in voter behavior that we did not expect, but we adjusted for by increasing our schedule of drop box pick-ups,” she stated.

Placer County saw an increase in turnout compared to the 2016 General Election as well: This year, over 88% of the more than 271,000 voters cast ballots, while four years ago, 84.15% of about 226,000 voters did.

El Dorado and Washoe counties had similar stories when comparing the two General Election years — both registered an uptick of nearly 4% in voter turnout. Nationally, 66.7% of eligible voters participated in this election; in 2016, it was 58.1%.

Listed below are the results of each coverage country for contested races. Candidates who received the most votes are listed first and in a descending order from there. Overall winners are in bold.

* Incumbent

Voter Turnout


Federal Office

President and Vice President

Joseph R. Biden / Kamala D. Harris                             Democrat

Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence*                           Republican

COUNTYVOTES CAST% OF VOTE

 

El Dorado County

Trump / Pence                             61,838                         52.35%

Biden / Harris                              51,621                         43.70%

Nevada County

Biden / Harris                              36,359                         56.15%

Trump / Pence                             26,779                         41.36%

Placer County

Trump / Pence                             122,488                       52.10%

Biden / Harris                              106,869                       45.46%

Washoe County

Biden / Harris                              128,128                       50.82%

Trump / Pence                             116,760                       46.31%

United States Congress, 1st District

Doug Lamalfa*                                          Republican

Audrey Denney                                           Democrat

COUNTYVOTES CAST% OF VOTE

 

Nevada County

Denney                                      29,658                         54.35%

Lamalfa                                     24,914                         45.65%

Placer County

Lamalfa                                     16,830                         60.28%

Denney                                      11,092                         39.72%

United States Congress, 4th District

Tom McClintock*                                          Republican

Brynne Kennedy                                             Democrat

COUNTYVOTES CAST% OF VOTE

 

El Dorado County

McClintock                                 63,710                         53.93%

Kennedy                                      51,597                         43.68%

Nevada County

Kennedy                                        7,508                           75.06%

McClintock                                   2,495                           24.94%

Placer County

McClintock                                   109,379                       54.13%

Kennedy                                        92,678                         45.87%


State Legislature

State Senate District 1

Brian Dahle*                                                Republican

Pamela Swartz                                            Democrat

COUNTYVOTES CAST% OF VOTE

 

El Dorado County

Dahle                                          66,928                         56.65%

Swartz                                        46,286                         39.18%

Nevada County

Swartz                                        33,989                         53.15%

Dahle                                          29,964                         46.85%

Placer County

Dahle                                          84,209                         59.80%

Swartz                                        56,614                         40.20%

Assembly District 1

Megan Dahle*                                                         Republican

Elizabeth Betancourt                                            Democrat

COUNTYVOTES CAST% OF VOTE

 

Nevada County

Betancourt                                  35,367                         55.37%

Dahle                                             28,510                        44.63%

Placer County

Dahle                                             18,344                         54.13%

Betancourt                                 15,544                         45.87%


Local Office (in alphabetical order)

NAMEVOTES CAST% OF VOTE

Incline Village General Improvement District (pick three)

Sara Schmitz*                            3,311                21.88%

Matthew Dent*                          3,175               20.98%

Michaela Tonking                     3,004                19.85%

Blane Johnson                              2,280                15.06%

Yolanda Knaak                             1,692                 11.18%

Frank Wright                                1,674                 11.06%

Nevada County Board of Education

Trustee Area 1 (pick two)

Susan Clarabut (2-year)*                 24,576            35.71%

Louise B. Johnson (2-year)*           23,018            33.45%

Peggy Delgado Fava (2-year)           21,225            30.84%

Trustee Area 2 (pick one)

Timothy May (4-year)                        22,658            50.88%

Ashley V. Neumann (4-year)             21,870            49.12%

North Tahoe Public Utility District (pick three)

Sarah Coolidge*                     1,615          29.42%

Danielle Hughes                     1,329          24.21%

Phil Thompson*                     1,284          23.39%

Tim Ferrell*                              1,262         22.99%

Placer County Board of Education

Area 1 (pick one)

Susan Goto*                            57,409        70.99%

Rene Aguilera                          23,457        29.01%

Town of Truckee Town Council, full term (pick two)

Courtney Henderson               4,979              31.20%

Lindsay Romack                        4,143              25.96%

Dow Costa                                     2,645              16.57%

Marcy Dolan                                 1,807              11.32%

Frank J. Bernhard                       1,255              7.86%

John “Jack” Forbes                       727                 4.56%

Nicholas J. Sielchan                      403                 2.53%

Town of Truckee Town Council, short term (pick one)

Jan Zabriskie                             4,544               56.46%

Carla Embertson                       3,504               43.54%

Truckee Donner Public Utility District (pick three)

Nevada County

Jeff Bender*                            5,107              25.75%

Kimberly Harris                     5,150              25.96%

Joseph Aguera*                      3,729              18.80%

Bob Ellis*                                  3,582              18.06%

Cathy Stewart                          2,267              11.43%

Placer County

Jeff Bender*                             310                25.85%

Kimberly Harris                      303                25.27%

Bob Ellis*                                   215                17.93%

Cathy Stewart                           206                17.18%

Joseph Aguera*                       165                13.76%

Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District (pick two)

Nevada County

Jason Hansford*                       5,319               36.88%

Mark Tanner*                           4,765               33.04%

Lori Marquette                           4,338               30.08%

Placer County

Mark Tanner*                              457                40.02%

Jason Hansford*                         356                31.17%

Lori Marquette                            329                28.81%

Truckee Tahoe Airport District (pick three)

Nevada County

David Diamond                         6,040               29.14%

Rick Stephens*                         5,061               24.42%

Ken Aronson                               3,352               16.17%

Leigh Golden                              3,192               15.40%

Teresa O’Dette*                       3,081               14.87%

Placer County

David Diamond                         4,109             28.73%

Rick Stephens*                         3,563             24.91%

Teresa O’Dette*                        2,681             18.74%

Ken Aronson                               2,094             14.64%

Leigh Golden                              1,856             12.98%


State Propositions

Proposition 14: Authorizes bonds continuing stem cell research

El Dorado County

No                                           69,710             59.01%

Yes                                         43,131             36.51%

Nevada County

No                                           35,067             56.10%

Yes                                         27,437             43.90%

Placer County

No                                           136,338           59.87%

Yes                                         91,367             40.13%

Proposition 15: Increases funding sources for public schools, community colleges, and local government services by changing tax assessment of commercial and industrial property.

El Dorado County

No                                           78,650             66.58%

Yes                                          35,969             30.45%

Nevada County

No                                           37,223             58.49%

Yes                                          26,420             41.51%

Placer County

No                                           154,594           66.92%

Yes                                          76,426             33.08%

Proposition 16: Allows diversity as a factor in public employment, education, and contracting decisions

El Dorado County

No                                           86,517             73.24%

Yes                                          26,482             22.42%

Nevada County

No                                           40,861             65.24%

Yes                                          21,775             34.76%

Placer County

No                                           167,632           73.39%

Yes                                          60,772             26.61%

Proposition 17: Restores right to vote after completion of prison term

El Dorado County

No                                           67,536             57.17%

Yes                                         46,861             39.67%

Nevada County

Yes                                         33,660             52.85%

No                                           30,025             47.15%

Placer County

No                                           134,526           58.32%

Yes                                         96,134             41.68%

Proposition 18: Amends California constitution to permit 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if they will turn 18 by the next general election and be otherwise eligible to vote.

El Dorado County

No                                           83,592             70.76%

Yes                                          31,377             26.56%

Nevada County

No                                           39,660             62.00%

Yes                                          24,304             38.00%

Placer County

No                                           165,191           71.27%

Yes                                          66,597             28.73%

Proposition 19: Changes certain property tax rules

El Dorado County

No                                           65,183             55.18%

Yes                                         46,665             39.50%

Nevada County

No                                           33,246             53.33%

Yes                                         29,093             46.67%

Placer County

No                                           122,937           54.36%

Yes                                         103,211           45.64%

Proposition 20: Restricts parole for certain offenses currently considered to be non-violent. Authorizes felony sentences for certain offenses currently treated only as misdemeanors.

El Dorado County

No                                           60,219             50.98%

Yes                                          50,788             42.99%

Nevada County

No                                           37,554             60.60%

Yes                                          24,419             39.40%

Placer County

No                                           121,661           54.12%

Yes                                          103,120           45.88%

Proposition 21: Expands local governments’ authority to enact rent control

El Dorado County

No                                           85,020             71.97%

Yes                                          27,222             23.04%

Nevada County

No                                           43,103             68.96%

Yes                                          19,399             31.04%

Placer County

No                                           168,911           74.35%

Yes                                          58,269             25.65%

Proposition 22: Exempts app-based transportation and delivery companies from providing employee benefits to certain drivers.

El Dorado County

Yes                                         76,060             64.39%

No                                           36,838             31.18%

Nevada County

Yes                                         37,767             60.25%

No                                           24,917             39.75%

Placer County

Yes                                         158,813           69.33%

No                                           70,256             30.67%

Proposition 23: Establishes state requirements for kidney dialysis clinics. Requires on-site medical professional.

El Dorado County

No                                           83,829             70.96%

Yes                                          28,619             24.23%

Nevada County

No                                           45,142             72.46%

Yes                                          17,155             27.54%

Placer County

No                                           170,430            74.99%

Yes                                          56,847              25.01%

Proposition 24: Amends consumer privacy laws

El Dorado County

No                                           61,371             51.95%

Yes                                         50,356             42.63%

Nevada County

No                                           33,670             54.05%

Yes                                         28,627             45.95%

Placer County

No                                           117,568           52.24%

Yes                                         107,471           47.76%

Proposition 25: Referendum on law that replaced money bail with system based on public safety and flight risk

El Dorado County

No                                           75,236             63.69%

Yes                                          35,841             30.34%

Nevada County

No                                           35,728             57.68%

Yes                                          26,218             42.32%

Placer County

No                                           149,185           66.60%

Yes                                          74,832             33.40%


Local Measures

El Dorado County

Measure N: Shall an amendment to the bylaws of the Hickok Road Community Services District to increase the maximum annual Special Tax by $200 per parcel per year, such that the total Special Tax could increase from $200 to $400 per parcel per year, be adopted? The maximum resulting gain could increase from $12,400 to $24,800 per year. The increase would be in effect until amended or the board deems additional funds are no longer required to maintain, upgrade, or improve district roads.

Yes                                          46                    50.00%

No                                            41                    44.57%

Measure P: Shall the measure increasing the Cameron Park Airport District annual special tax from $300 to $1,200 per parcel for an unlimited duration for airport maintenance, operations, and residential street maintenance, increasing current total annual revenue of $39,300 to $157,600 commencing fiscal year 2021/2022, be adopted?

Yes                                          134                  61.47%

No                                            80                    36.70%

Measure Q: Shall the measure providing for an annual special tax of $600.00 on each parcel of real property for an unlimited duration be levied within the Mortara Circle Community Services District, which would be an increase to the current special tax of $350.00 per year, to be used only for road improvement and maintenance services and generating an annual revenue of $18,600.00, commencing fiscal year 2021/2022, be adopted?

No                                           46                    74.19%

Yes                                          14                    22.58%

Measure R: Shall the office of City Treasurer be appointed with the first appointment to be made upon the (i) expiration of the term of office of the person elected to serve as City Treasurer at the November 3, 2020, General Municipal Election; or (ii) the office becoming vacant, whichever occurs first?

Yes                                          2,860               51.61%

No                                            1,757               31.70%

Measure S: Shall the measure to maintain fire protection, 9-1-1 emergency response, public safety, snow removal; reduce wildfire threats; prevent lake pollution; repair streets/potholes, keep public areas safe/clean; retain local jobs/businesses; protect long-term financial stability; provide other City services by establishing a 1¢ transactions/use (“sales”) tax providing approximately $5,400,000 annually until ended by voters, requiring audits, all funds only for South Lake Tahoe, be adopted?

Yes                                          5,804               60.04%

No                                            3,303               34.17%

Nevada County

Measure K: Whether or not to increase the current Transient Occupancy Tax from a rate of 10% to 12%, applying only to hotel and short-term rental overnight guests.

Yes                                         8,199               84.49%

No                                           1,505               15.51%

Placer County

Measure F: Shall Placer County Code Article 3.08 governing the civil service system for employees of the county be amended so that the civil service commission will serve as a hearing body for employee grievances, disciplinary appeals, and such other matters for which a hearing is provided, but that the county’s human resources department shall perform all other duties beyond those hearings?

Yes                                         137,320           68.31%

No                                           63,700             31.69%

Measure G: Shall Article V, Section 503 of the Placer County charter be amended to give the county executive officer final authority for the appointment, suspension and removal of appointive department heads other than county counsel?

No                                           109,787           54.64%

Yes                                          91,131             45.36%

Measure H: Shall Article VI, Section 608 of the Placer County charter be amended to remove bid threshold requirements in the charter that contradict with state law?

Yes                                         130,115           66.08%

No                                           66,794             33.92%

Measure I: Shall Article IV, Section 403 of the Placer County charter be amended to require that an elected official of the county must be a resident of the county for thirty (30) days prior to filing nomination papers, and must maintain residency within the county during their entire term?

Yes                                         189,252           90.25%

No                                           20,443             9.75%

 

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  • Alex Hoeft joined Moonshine staff in May 2019, happy to return to the world of journalism after a few years in community outreach. She has both her bachelor's and Master's in journalism, from Brigham Young University and University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. When she's not journalism-ing, you'll usually find her reading a murder mystery, pounding the pavement on a run, or eternally throwing the ball for her dog.

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