Burbank officials have proposed axing the city's primary election, a move they say would save roughly $72,000 a year, but would also require voter approval.
Critics called the proposal "short-sighted," but election experts said it may actually bring more voters to the polls.
Burbank is one of just about 15 cities in the state that has more than one election, according to a city report. Neighboring cities Glendale, Pasadena and La Cañada-Flintridge are among the more than 460 cities in California with just one.
The last time in Burbank that the primary results differed, in terms of top vote-getters, from those of the general election was in 1989, when the second top-vote getter in the primary won the treasurer seat in the general election, according to Deputy City Clerk Susan Domen. A similar change in results occurred in the Burbank Unified school board race in 1983.