Repeal Closed Primaries

This spring, Pennsylvania's voters will head to the polls for the Commonwealth's primary elections.

But not everyone is included in this process. That’s because primaries are closed in Pennsylvania.  More than 1.1 million taxpaying Independents are denied their right to vote in these elections, despite paying their share of $20 million a year to fund them.

It’s time to #RepealClosedPrimaries. That’s why Ballot PA has created a petition of our own - and anyone can sign it.

74% of Pennsylvanians support repealing closed primaries - including strong majorities of Independents, Democrats, and Republicans.

Repealing closed primaries would guarantee a more fair process, increase the competitiveness of races, and help limit the amount of extremism and gridlock on both sides.

It is time to #RepealClosedPrimaries and allow every legally registered voter to cast a ballot in PA’s primary. 

Legislators across the Commonwealth can change this unfair election practice by acting now to ensure voters their right to vote in PA primaries. 

Representation for all taxpayers is critical to voting and no political party stands to gain more than the other, with registered Independent voters split evenly in their choice of candidates. Instead, what we truly gain by repealing closed primaries is a fairer democracy.

Join the overwhelming majority of PA voters in favor of ending closed primaries in PA –  #RepealClosedPrimaries now.


Ballot PA is a project of the Committee of Seventy and is a growing coalition of civic, community and business organizations committed to ensuring independents in Pennsylvania have the right to vote in primary elections.


Who's signing

Nicholas Pfirman
Mary Beth Parkinson
Olivia Moore
Darin Toliver
Kristie Iushkova
Dianna MacDaniel
Steven Souder
Bethany Riker
Brian Aigeldinger
Richard Johnson
Lyn Alexander
Tony Garisto
Zacherl Luke
Janice Fiore
Roberta Brunner
Kimberly Stewart
Rachel Edelman
sheilah spencer
John Kennedy
Edgar Stephan
Andrew Churchill
Kathleen Wulff
Joshua Summers
Sharon Tunkel
Veronica Mackler
Christian Fyke
Paul Gamble
Timothy Bellew
Alexander Robertson
Darathy Moyer
2,781 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Nicholas Pfirman
    signed via 2023-03-23 14:56:37 -0400
  • Mary Beth Parkinson
    signed 2023-03-23 09:00:06 -0400
  • Olivia Moore
    signed via 2023-03-22 17:12:57 -0400
    As a third party supporter who cannot vote in closed primaries, and has since been disgusted that we the people are only limited to two parties, I henceforth lend my support to this cause.
  • Darin Toliver
    signed 2023-03-22 16:46:17 -0400
  • Kristie Iushkova
    signed via 2023-03-22 08:35:59 -0400
  • Dianna MacDaniel
    signed via 2023-03-21 11:15:03 -0400
    Everyone who is of legal age and whatever affiliation that they choose should have the right to vote!
  • Steven Souder
    signed via 2023-03-20 22:12:54 -0400
    This two-party system we have here in the U.S. is rotten. Rotten to the core, and we the people must do what we can to have both sides looking more toward the middle.
  • Bethany Riker
    signed 2023-03-20 09:15:08 -0400
  • Brian Aigeldinger
    signed via 2023-03-19 15:50:52 -0400
    Pennsylvania Voting policies for the primaries are a joke. Feels like the election is pre-rigged to a certain extent when my only option is to vote for one of the 2 clowns the main parties voted for, but I did not…
  • Richard Johnson
    signed via 2023-03-19 14:38:36 -0400
  • Lyn Alexander
    signed 2023-03-19 13:23:48 -0400
    have waited the better part of a lifetime so that I could register according to my heart AND still keep my right to vote (which has been denied to all non D’s or R’s.
  • Tony Garisto
    signed via 2023-03-19 12:47:27 -0400
  • Zacherl Luke
    signed 2023-03-19 11:25:12 -0400
  • Janice Fiore
    signed 2023-03-19 10:01:22 -0400
    It’s about time we gave all Pennsylvanian voters equal opportunity to vote in our primary elections!
  • Roberta Brunner
    signed via 2023-03-18 20:53:01 -0400
  • Kimberly Stewart
    signed via 2023-03-18 18:44:40 -0400
    I am a registered independent and want to vote in the primary. Change the rules.
  • Rachel Edelman
    signed 2023-03-18 16:20:45 -0400
  • sheilah spencer
    signed via 2023-03-18 13:42:49 -0400
    I’m an Independent voter, and I live in Pennsylvania.
  • John Kennedy
    signed 2023-03-18 11:40:24 -0400
  • Edgar Stephan
    signed via 2023-03-18 09:54:16 -0400
  • Andrew Churchill
    signed 2023-03-18 02:48:34 -0400
  • Kathleen Wulff
    signed via 2023-03-17 16:21:14 -0400
  • Joshua Summers
    signed via 2023-03-16 22:24:21 -0400
  • Sharon Tunkel
    signed 2023-03-15 08:05:44 -0400
    PA elections need to be open for all regardless of party affiliation or even no party chosen.
  • Veronica Mackler
    signed via 2023-03-14 19:39:39 -0400
  • Christian Fyke
    signed 2023-03-14 17:32:51 -0400
  • Paul Gamble
    signed 2023-03-14 15:11:16 -0400
  • Timothy Bellew
    signed via 2023-03-14 09:13:40 -0400
  • Alexander Robertson
    signed via 2023-03-14 09:00:49 -0400
  • Darathy Moyer
    signed via 2023-03-14 04:33:43 -0400