By a nearly 2-1 margin, voters opted for President-elect Barack Obama in Glendale where voters also fanned out in droves to weigh in on the state and county ballot propositions.
Of the 12 state measures, the most popular in Glendale were Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, and Proposition 2, which dictated more humane animal treatment laws.
Proposition 8 was the most popular measure, eliciting 51,271 votes, with 28,057 residents supporting the measure.
Proposition 2 drew 48,220 Glendale votes, gaining support from 31,717 citizens.
The closest ballot-measure race in Glendale was Proposition 11, where a slim majority of 919 votes supported changing the state’s redistricting laws.
As of Monday, the fight over Proposition 11 was not officially declared over, though the measure did appear to be on its way toward passage.
The high turnout in Glendale was due to a higher rate of voter awareness and aided by the region’s shift toward the Democratic Party, said Glendale City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian.
“People reached a point in this election where everyone understood clearly what . . . the consequences were of not voting,” he said. “In the last two presidential elections on the Democratic side, you had candidates coming close and falling short. You see now that Glendale is becoming increasingly more Democratic and more left-leaning.
“This used to be a Republican stronghold. Whether it’s because of the redrawn boundaries, that political ties have shifted or enthusiasm for Obama, it’s now solidly in the Democratic bracket.”
In Burbank, 71.5% of voters cast ballots this year, up from 63.8% in 2004 and 61.8% in 2000. But the number of residents registered to vote dipped slightly compared with eight years ago.