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

Cathy Peduzzi
Kali Smalley
Arthur Grim
Monica Weninger
Terri Purdy
Zach Thompson
Larry Rotenberg
Rochelle Kaplan
Rex DuBois
Sarah Johnston
Heather Calvert
David Thun
Courtney Knight
Theresa Rang
Jaime Filipek
Evangelos Hronis
Julie Mikus
Ian Johnston
Anthony Polacci
Andrea Liess
Frank Petrini
Jo Wallen
James Clarke
Jigar Mehta
John Hart
Michael Burns
Zachary Fleming
Kao Wang
Bill Miller
Maria Kast
4,184 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Cathy Peduzzi
    signed 2022-04-20 08:34:06 -0400
  • Kali Smalley
    signed 2022-04-20 07:33:38 -0400
  • Arthur Grim
    signed via 2022-04-19 21:27:01 -0400
  • Monica Weninger
    signed 2022-04-19 19:25:02 -0400
  • Terri Purdy
    signed via 2022-04-19 18:17:54 -0400
  • Zach Thompson
    signed 2022-04-19 17:43:37 -0400
  • Larry Rotenberg
    signed via 2022-04-19 16:59:57 -0400
  • Rochelle Kaplan
    signed 2022-04-19 16:51:53 -0400
    There is no question Pennsylvania has to open its primary elections. 1.1 million voters should not be denied the franchise. Full stop!
  • Rex DuBois
    signed 2022-04-19 16:27:52 -0400
  • Sarah Johnston
    signed 2022-04-19 14:41:49 -0400
  • Heather Calvert
    signed 2022-04-19 14:23:52 -0400
  • David Thun
    signed 2022-04-19 12:51:47 -0400
  • Courtney Knight
    signed 2022-04-19 12:20:19 -0400
  • Theresa Rang
    signed 2022-04-19 10:56:03 -0400
  • Jaime Filipek
    signed 2022-04-19 09:20:36 -0400
  • Evangelos Hronis
    signed 2022-04-18 23:57:04 -0400
  • Julie Mikus
    signed via 2022-04-18 22:19:33 -0400
  • Ian Johnston
    signed 2022-04-18 18:18:09 -0400
  • Anthony Polacci
    signed 2022-04-18 18:17:40 -0400
    I’d switch back to Independent if I could vote in the primaries.
  • Andrea Liess
    signed via 2022-04-18 17:18:37 -0400
  • Frank Petrini
    signed 2022-04-18 17:04:48 -0400
  • Jo Wallen
    signed via 2022-04-18 16:12:55 -0400
  • James Clarke
    signed 2022-04-18 15:55:48 -0400
  • Jigar Mehta
    signed 2022-04-18 14:17:05 -0400
    All candidates, whether Ballot-Qualified Party or Unaffiliated, should be required to file nomination papers (not nomination petitions only) for the general election and obtain signatures from electors of the district equal to at least 2 percent of the largest entire vote cast for an elected candidate in the last election within the district.

    If not, then both political parties should stop complaining about fair elections in PA and admit that we are being ruled by a duopoly.
  • John Hart
    signed 2022-04-18 13:54:27 -0400
  • Michael Burns
    signed 2022-04-18 13:49:32 -0400
    Let’s GOOOO
  • Zachary Fleming
    signed 2022-04-18 13:17:43 -0400
  • Kao Wang
    signed 2022-04-18 13:00:17 -0400
  • Bill Miller
    signed 2022-04-18 12:48:57 -0400
  • Maria Kast
    signed via 2022-04-18 12:26:12 -0400

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