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Articles and Letters to the Editor

Erie Senator Dan Laughlin Advocates for Open Primaries in Bipartisan Policy Center's Discussion | March 9, 2023 (Erie News Now)

State of independents | Feb. 5, 2023 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pennsylvanians were asked what they want to change about the state House. Their answer: less partisan deadlock. | Feb. 3, 2023 (Spotlight PA)

Empowering the middle: Bucks politicians, political watchers embrace independents | Feb. 3, 2023 (Bucks County Courier Times)

Independent voters were the key in Pennsylvania | Nov. 9, 2022 (CNN)

Ideas We Should Steal: Make. Voting. Easier. | Nov. 9, 2022 (The Philadelphia Citizen)

Pennsylvania invented party primaries. Now it’s time to fix them. | Oct. 16, 2022 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Local group advocating for open primaries in Pa. | Sept. 7, 2022 (WFMZ - Lehigh Valley)

Steelers star and other veterans highlighting impact of closed primaries on those who served | Aug. 26, 2022 (Penn Capital-Star)

Should Pa. open its primaries to independent voters? | Aug. 19, 2022 (WITF Smart Talk)

'Open Primary' Legislation Supported By Bipartisan PA Lawmakers | Aug. 19, 2022 (Patch)

Pennsylvania lawmakers consider arguments on partisan primary elections | Aug. 18, 2022 (Al Dia)

PA House Bill Allowing Independent Voters to Participate in Primary Elections Receives Committee Hearing | Aug. 18, 2022 (Erie News Now)

Pennsylvania lawmakers considering open primaries | Aug. 17, 2022 (ABC 27 - Harrisburg)

Independent voters make a case before state committee for inclusion in primary elections | Aug. 16, 2022 (City & State)

Pa. lawmakers weigh bill that would allow independents to vote on primary candidates | Aug. 16, 2022 (Spotlight PA)

Lawmakers hear calls to open Pa. primary elections to all voters, not just Democrats and Republicans | Aug. 16, 2022 (The Morning Call)

Moving to open primaries in Pa. vetted by House committee | Aug. 16, 2022 (Penn Live)

Closed primary elections disenfranchise independent voters, veterans, House committee hears | Aug. 16, 2022 (Penn Capital-Star)

Legislation would open Pennsylvania's primaries to all | Aug. 16, 2022 (Tioga Publishing)

Pa. lawmakers discuss whether primary elections should be open to all voters | Aug. 16, 2022 (Sharon Herald)

Public hearing set to allow independents to vote in PA primaries | Aug. 15, 2022 (Keystone State News)

Pennsylvania - the State of Independents | July 27, 2022 (Real Clear Politics)

Repeal closed primaries in Pennsylvania | June 15, 2022 (Pottstown Mercury)

Push For Open Primaries Continue | June 6, 2022 (

Advocate David Thornburgh: Opening Pa.’s primaries is the ‘right and smart thing to do’ | May 23, 2022 (Penn Capital-Star)

The Push for Open Primaries in PA | May 5, 2022 (Erie News Now)

David Thornburgh spearheads new effort to open PA primaries | May 4, 2022 (Chestnut Hill Local)

Advocacy organizations are looking to open the state’s primaries to independent, third party voters | May 3, 2022 (WESA, The Confluence)

Ballot PA and Rep. Chris Quinn talk open primaries | May 2, 2022 (WHYY, Radio Times)

Independents can't vote in Pennsylvania's primaries -- here's why that might change | April 28, 2022 (Fox 43)

Why Pa. independents can’t vote for candidates in this May's primary, and the push to change that | April 25, 2022 (Spotlight PA)

Hearing on State Senate bill to open primary elections | April 21, 2022 (Fox 56) 

Witnesses ask Pennsylvania Senate to let 1.1 million independents vote in primaries | April 22, 2022 (The Citizen' Voice)

Time to open Pennsylvania's primaries | April 20, 2022 (The Daily Item)

Open primaries would allow 1.1 million independent voters to take part in elections, lawmakers say | April 17, 2022 (Philly Voice)

Pennsylvania state senator proposes bill to end closed primary elections | April 13, 2022 (WGAL)

Organizations renewing push for open primaries in Pa. | April 12, 2022 (WFMZ)

New bill pushes to open up Pennsylvania primary system | April 12, 2022 (CBS 21)

Lawmakers Laughlin and Collett are vouching for independent voters’ voices in primary elections | April 12, 2022 (City and State)

Pa. shouldn’t have closed primaries | April 12, 2022 (LNP Lancaster Online)

High Stakes in Pennsylvania’s Primary Races | April 9, 2022 (Real Clear Politics)

Group wants to let independents vote in party primaries | March 30, 2022

Here’s how we restore American democracy | February 28, 2022 (Fulcrum)

Bucks League of Women Voters call for open primaries | February 8, 2022 (The Reporter)

Run a meaningful primary to include independents | January 17, 2022 (PennLive)

Open Primaries in Pennsylvania? Lawmaker pushes for all voters to have a say | May 18, 2021 (NBC Philadelphia)

New political party takes aim at Pennsylvania's broken politics | August 19, 2021 (GoErie)

Pennsylvania’s closed primaries | October 9, 2019 (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)

Readers React: Let unaffiliated voters participate in primaries | October 9, 2019 (The Morning Call)


An independent Pa. House speaker? Now let independents vote in primaries | David Thornburgh | January 8, 2023 (Penn Capital-Star)

In Pennsylvania, Independent Voters Take Center Stage | December 8, 2022 (Real Clear Pennsylvania)

Veterans should work for open primaries in Pennsylvania | September 30, 2022 (Broad + Liberty)

Bleier Calls for End to Closed Primaries | September 9, 2022 (Politics PA)

Keep an eye on the Independents this year in PA | August 31, 2022 (Beaver County Times)

Things looking up for open primaries in Pennsylvania | August 20, 2022 (Reading Eagle)

Open primaries for fairness, governance | June 6, 2022 (The Tribune Democrat)

Open primaries for fairness, governance | May 31, 2022 (The Times Tribune)

It may be time to rethink the role of the independent voter in primary elections | May 26, 2022 (City & State)

Can anything bring some normalcy to Pa. politics? Yep. - John Baer | May 26, 2022 (Penn Live)

Repeal closed primaries in Pennsylvania | May 26, 2022 (Chestnut Hill Local)

Independent voters want to be heard. Is anybody listening? | May 24, 2022 (The Fulcrum)

Opinion: Pennsylvania has a primary problem | May 21, 2022 (CNN)

Time to Give Independents a Vote | May 10, 2022 (Tri County Record)

GUEST VIEW: Pennsylvania’s closed primaries diminish democracy and encourage extremism | May 13, 2022 (The Sharon Herald)

Our View: Open primaries have our vote | May 10, 2022 (Bucks County Courier Times)

It's time for Pennsylvania to allow Independents to vote in primary | May 2, 2022 (Reading Eagle)

It's time for Pennsylvania to open its primaries | May 1, 2022 (Herald-Standard)

Opening Pa.'s primary elections would help de-radicalize politics | April 29, 2022 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

End the closed primary in PA | May 31, 2021 (GoErie) 

Want to help resolve American political dysfunction? Allow open primary elections | May 31, 2021 (The Washington Post)

Should Philadelphia have open primaries? | May 14, 2021 (Philadelphia Inquirer) 

Let independents vote in primaries: Open primaries would give independent voters a voice and increase turnout | June 7, 2020 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Primaries should be open to all | October 2, 2019 (TribLive)

Voting changes in Pennsylvania | October 2, 2019 (The River Reporter)

Former PA party heads say independent voters deserve a voice in primaries | October 1, 2019 (PennLive)

Vote in Tuesday's municipal primary — and be thankful you can (because unaffiliated voters can't) | May 19, 2019 (LNP)

Time to open the primaries in Pennsylvania | May 17, 2019 (PennLive)

Open Pennsylvania’s primaries to all voters | May 15, 2019 (Reading Eagle)

Open Pa.'s primaries to unaffiliated voters | May 13, 2019 (York Dispatch)

Fair primaries | May 6, 2019 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Amending primary election code in Pennsylvania is long overdue | November 30, 2018 (Sentinel)

Political empowerment starts with open primaries | November 9, 2018 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Open Pennsylvania Primaries to Unaffiliated Voters | September 30, 2018 (Express-Times)

Open primary a good idea | September 25, 2018 (Citizens' Voice)

Independent voters should be allowed to vote in Pa. primaries | June 3, 2018 (Observer-Reporter)

Leaders in Pennsylvania General Assembly wisely move toward opening primary elections to independents | May 30, 2018 (LNP)

Let's open primaries to all, and watch real change happen | May 25, 2018 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It's time for PA to finally switch to open primaries | May 25, 2018 (Patriot News)

Ideas We Should Steal: Open Primary Voting | September 16, 2015 (The Philadelphia Citizen)

Some changes needed to entice PA voters to vote | June 5, 2015 (Daily Local News)

Pa. should open primaries to all voters | May 23, 2014 (Mercury)

Press Releases

Bipartisan Open Primaries Legislation Introduced | May 18, 2021 - Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) introduced legislation, SB690, that would significantly expand the franchise in Pennsylvania by allowing independent voters to participate in primary elections.

Sen. Dan Laughlin to Introduce Legislation to Enfranchise 900,000 Independent Voters on Election Day | May 17, 2021 - On Election Day, Senator Dan Laughlin will introduce legislation to allow independent voters unaffiliated with any political party -- now numbering 900,000 -- to participate in either the Democratic or Republican primary.

Open Primaries PA hosting Virtual Advocacy Day to Secure Voting Rights for All Pennsylvanians | May 22, 2020Open Primaries PA will host a Virtual Advocacy Day on May 26 to highlight the closed presidential primary on June 2 that shuts out more than one million independent and third-party voters from casting ballots for candidates. 

Open Primaries PA Launches Statewide Digital Campaign | April 28, 2020Open Primaries PA is launching today an outreach campaign to the more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians who are registered unaffiliated or with a third-party who cannot vote for candidates in the June 2 primary.

PA Primary Moved to June 2, but 1.2 Million Voters Still Shut Out | March 27, 2020As we continue to address the COVID-19 crisis, and ask how we can make voting this election season accessible, safe, and accurate, we must also begin to ask, "What about those of us who can't vote at all?" It is incumbent upon us all to address that critical question in the months to come.

All Voters Vote in HD 190 Special Election | February 25, 2020 - Open Primaries PA is calling attention to the stark contrast in voter access between today’s special election in West Philadelphia’s state House District 190 and the upcoming presidential primary on April 28.

Open Primaries Legislation Approved by the Pennsylvania Senate | June 25, 2019 - The Senate approved with overwhelming bipartisan support (42-8) a landmark bill that would allow 785,000 independent Pennsylvanians to vote in primary elections.

Open Primaries Legislation Advances in the Senate | June 18, 2019Legislation that would allow 785,000 independent Pennsylvanians to vote in spring primary elections took another step forward today.

Primary Reform Picks Up Traction Ahead of May 21 Primary | May 20, 2019Calls for reforming Pennsylvania's primary system have continued to grow over the past year.

Open Primaries PA to Press for Independents’ Right to Vote | April 29, 2019 - A new statewide coalition, Open Primaries PA, launched with the mission of opening Pennsylvania’s primary process to include independent voters across the Commonwealth.

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  • Stephen Bouikidis
    published this page 2019-02-14 22:03:39 -0500