At Burbank City Hall, fear over the future of healthcare, the economy and state education funding factored prominently in ballot decisions for some voters.
And as in other polling stations across the region, voters were split on the issues, candidates and frustrated.
Take 29-year-old Brandon Bennett, and Jake Johnson, 28, works in television production.
For Bennett -- whose wife is a school teacher, his father superintendent -- a “yes” vote on Proposition 30 was very important.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan, Prop.30, would raise more than $6 billion annually to patch the state's budget deficit.
"Schools are really suffering. More money needs to go back to school district," Bennett said.
But Johnson voted against the measure, arguing against raising taxes in a "bad economy when a lot of people are out of work."
Schools "don't have a revenue problem, they have a money management problem," he added.
Both men also differed on who would be the best president.