Repeal Closed Primaries

Every spring, Pennsylvania's voters 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 independent voters are denied their right to vote in these elections, despite paying their share of $75 million a year to fund them.

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

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.

Join the overwhelming majority of PA voters in favor of ending closed primaries in PA – add your name below to join the movement to #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

Terry Naigle
James Holland
Richard Moriarty
April Schmitt
Susan Rowlands
Joseph Woodhall
Kyle Rosato
Priscilla McNulty
John Linck
Gloria McHugh
Claire Vassil
Samantha Maloney
Sally Klein
Bill Madway
Patrick Christmas
Rebecca Marinov
Bruce Rhoades
Kathleen McAfee
jerry young
Ned Hoffner
Barbara Wetzel
David Kveragas
Joe Zoshak
Mary Kremser
Lonna Malmsheimer
Jen Rhoades
Jane Benning
Emily Lippert
Cordell Affeldt
Pam Zimmerman
4,184 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Terry Naigle
    signed 2022-04-28 11:16:59 -0400
  • James Holland
    signed 2022-04-28 06:49:02 -0400
  • Richard Moriarty
    signed 2022-04-27 18:28:04 -0400
  • April Schmitt
    signed 2022-04-27 15:04:11 -0400
    I’m a PA poll inspector in Chester County 330. And I have always been against not allowing Independents to vote!
  • Susan Rowlands
    signed 2022-04-27 14:00:43 -0400
    I’m in full support of this – everyone should have a voice in all election cycles.
  • Joseph Woodhall
    signed 2022-04-27 12:53:57 -0400
  • Kyle Rosato
    signed 2022-04-27 12:34:34 -0400
    I support the open primary initiative in Pennsylvania. As of 2022, the idea of keeping primaries closed is an outdated and ridiculous idea. Time to drag Pennsylvania’s election system into the 21st century.
  • Priscilla McNulty
    signed 2022-04-27 11:12:41 -0400
  • John Linck
    signed 2022-04-27 10:49:50 -0400
  • Gloria McHugh
    signed 2022-04-27 10:44:43 -0400
  • Claire Vassil
    signed 2022-04-27 10:22:50 -0400
  • Samantha Maloney
    signed 2022-04-27 09:23:00 -0400
  • Sally Klein
    signed 2022-04-26 17:29:07 -0400
    Independents need to be part of the voting process in every election no matter how big or small it is.
  • Bill Madway
    signed via 2022-04-26 15:38:19 -0400
  • Patrick Christmas
    signed 2022-04-26 14:52:33 -0400
  • Rebecca Marinov
    signed 2022-04-26 13:51:53 -0400
  • Bruce Rhoades
    signed 2022-04-25 21:04:00 -0400
  • Kathleen McAfee
    signed 2022-04-25 19:55:17 -0400
  • jerry young
    signed 2022-04-25 17:29:23 -0400
    we need to fix government and it starts w fairness and transparency in local elections
  • Ned Hoffner
    signed 2022-04-25 16:41:59 -0400
  • Barbara Wetzel
    signed 2022-04-25 16:06:40 -0400
  • David Kveragas
    signed 2022-04-25 14:27:44 -0400
    Primaries, let alone closed primaries, violate the Pa Constitution. The constitution makes no reference, let alone mandate, that there be a publicly supported primary.

    Also, if the primary is an election then it must be open to all electors as per Article 1 section 5.

    If the major parties don’t want “interference” in their nominating process then they are free to take said process private and foot the bills themselves, not at taxpayer expense.
  • Joe Zoshak
    signed 2022-04-25 13:38:50 -0400
    Time for PA to enter the 21st century.
  • Mary Kremser
    signed 2022-04-25 12:26:20 -0400
    We need open primaries and ranked choice voting.
  • Lonna Malmsheimer
    signed 2022-04-25 11:01:44 -0400
  • Jen Rhoades
    signed 2022-04-25 10:57:08 -0400
  • Jane Benning
    signed 2022-04-25 10:22:53 -0400
  • Emily Lippert
    signed 2022-04-25 10:01:15 -0400
  • Cordell Affeldt
    signed 2022-04-25 09:38:15 -0400
  • Pam Zimmerman
    signed 2022-04-25 09:30:11 -0400

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