Today, Burbank and Glendale are Democratic Party territory. In Burbank, 45% of the 54,761 registered voters are Democrats, according to the Angeles County Registrar-Recorder County Clerk's Office.
Of the remainder, 29% are Republican, 22% independent and 4% members of minor parties.
In Glendale, with nearly 89,000 registered voters, 41% are Democrats, 30% Republicans, 26% Independents and 4% affiliated with minor parties.
It wasn't always that way. Dario Frommer, a Glendale native and former state assemblyman who represented the area from 2000 to 2006, recalled visiting his first polling place when he was a student at Hoover High School.
"I remember going to vote at a garage in west Glendale," Frommer said. "There were eight voting booths for Republicans, and one that was Democrat-slash-other."