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

Anna Drallios
James Zahniser
Elizabeth Crowell
Eddie Cameron
Francine Romeo
Nancy Landers
Neil Young
David Wolfsdorf
Jonathan Corle
Michael Shoup
Janet Lorenz
Michelle Peters
Melissa Dicranian
Michael Moran
Susan Carty
julie williams
Delphine Dahan
Liza Bernard
Michael Frey
Frank Lynam
Richard Guffanti
Rebecca Thornburgh
James Kreher
Patrick Karcher-Hodynski
Paul Leese
Beverly Caldwell
Art Carey
Bernice Fisher
Kimberly Kaplan
Mary Crowley
4,184 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Anna Drallios
    signed 2022-04-13 13:08:46 -0400
  • James Zahniser
    signed 2022-04-13 12:51:34 -0400
  • Elizabeth Crowell
    signed via 2022-04-13 12:36:51 -0400
  • Eddie Cameron
    signed 2022-04-13 11:56:58 -0400
  • Francine Romeo
    signed 2022-04-13 11:31:00 -0400
  • Nancy Landers
    signed 2022-04-13 11:07:06 -0400
  • Neil Young
    signed 2022-04-13 10:45:50 -0400
    Independents deserve a voice in the primary system.
  • David Wolfsdorf
    signed 2022-04-13 09:55:38 -0400
  • Jonathan Corle
    signed 2022-04-13 09:54:26 -0400
  • Michael Shoup
    signed 2022-04-13 09:51:03 -0400
  • Janet Lorenz
    signed 2022-04-13 09:46:47 -0400
  • Michelle Peters
    signed 2022-04-13 09:32:44 -0400
    I should not have to vow affiliation with a political party that I fundamentally disagree with in order to vote for a candidate that I loosely support as my only means of political representation. By the people, for the people… but only some of them? How is this constitutional? We deserve to vote – ALL of us!
  • Melissa Dicranian
    signed 2022-04-13 09:30:27 -0400
    Thank you for your efforts – a worthy cause!

    Appreciate you taking on this much needed task
  • Michael Moran
    signed 2022-04-13 09:29:18 -0400
  • Susan Carty
    signed 2022-04-13 08:09:29 -0400
    A long time waiting for our Legislators do what is right!
  • julie williams
    signed via 2022-04-13 07:51:24 -0400
  • Delphine Dahan
    signed 2022-04-13 05:57:38 -0400
    Affiliation to a party cannot be a condition for voting.
  • Liza Bernard
    signed 2022-04-13 00:14:02 -0400
  • Michael Frey
    signed 2022-04-12 23:17:06 -0400
  • Frank Lynam
    signed 2022-04-12 22:59:37 -0400
  • Richard Guffanti
    signed 2022-04-12 21:30:28 -0400
    I asked Rick Krajewski [] to co-sponsor HB 1369. He refused although he said he will vote for it if it comes to the floor.
  • Rebecca Thornburgh
    signed 2022-04-12 21:05:08 -0400
  • James Kreher
    signed 2022-04-12 20:35:39 -0400
  • Patrick Karcher-Hodynski
    signed 2022-04-12 20:10:35 -0400
  • Paul Leese
    signed 2022-04-12 19:51:59 -0400
  • Beverly Caldwell
    signed 2022-04-12 19:44:06 -0400
  • Art Carey
    signed 2022-04-12 19:44:03 -0400
  • Bernice Fisher
    signed 2022-04-12 19:27:42 -0400
    As a 21 year old first registering to vote I chose Independent yet I quickly realized that I was shut out of every Primary election so I was forced to chose a Party. I keep hearing about States where ALL registered voters are permitted to have a voice in which candidates ultimately qualify for the November elections. I feel that this is much more fair.
  • Kimberly Kaplan
    signed 2022-04-12 19:21:18 -0400
  • Mary Crowley
    signed 2022-04-12 18:48:37 -0400
    THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!!! PA needs open primaries