Repeal Closed Primaries

Join the overwhelming majority of PA voters who favor repealing 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.


Click the form above to contact your legislators 🔺


Fill out the form below to sign our petition 🔻


Ballot PA is a growing coalition bringing together thousands of Pennsylvania voters, veterans, young adults, businesses, and civic organizations to fight for independents' right to vote in primary elections.


Who's signing

Matthew Jorden
Christina Luckenbaugh
Heather Roth
Meredith Thompson
Amanda Buxton
Caitlin Stanley
Keith Kerr
Gabrielle Shirdon
Quinn Healey
Carol Darr
Karry Howington
Susanne Rockey
Laurie Sara Oliver
Kimberly Keane
Henoc Rodriguez
Sonya Bressler
Conrad Myler
Dorothy Hall
Lisa Smith
Patricia Rooney
Daniel King
Ryan Spurlock
james rauch
Russell Horn
Cristen Fiorani
Karen Gal-Or
Carol Tileston
Jose Sanchez
Karen Kapfhammer
Christopher Omiros
4,257 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Matthew Jorden
    signed via 2024-06-07 12:56:49 -0400
  • Christina Luckenbaugh
    signed 2024-06-06 09:53:54 -0400
  • Heather Roth
    signed via 2024-06-04 13:55:21 -0400
  • Meredith Thompson
    signed via 2024-06-04 13:25:25 -0400
  • Amanda Buxton
    signed 2024-06-04 12:08:48 -0400
  • Caitlin Stanley
    signed 2024-06-01 14:15:29 -0400
    As a Democratic Committee Person, I feel strongly that open primaries would lead to stronger, more accountable candidates who are working for every day Pennsylvanians.
  • Keith Kerr
    signed 2024-05-20 15:32:53 -0400
  • Gabrielle Shirdon
    signed 2024-05-20 13:30:43 -0400
  • Quinn Healey
    signed 2024-05-18 00:45:39 -0400
  • Carol Darr
    signed 2024-05-11 15:29:04 -0400
  • Karry Howington
    signed 2024-05-11 07:14:25 -0400
  • Susanne Rockey
    signed 2024-05-10 17:25:03 -0400
    I would like to have a voice/choice in the selection of candidates at the primary level for any election.
  • Laurie Sara Oliver
    signed 2024-05-09 18:17:04 -0400
  • Kimberly Keane
    signed via 2024-05-09 13:20:21 -0400
  • Henoc Rodriguez
    signed 2024-05-08 15:39:19 -0400
    Parties should not have the power to block out voters just because voters do not feel represented by either party and choose to register as independent. Ideally we would all be independent and take away that power from parties.
  • Sonya Bressler
    signed via 2024-05-05 20:33:33 -0400
  • Conrad Myler
    signed 2024-05-05 20:01:23 -0400
    As an indépendant voter, I do my best to go into every election informed of the individual candidates, their qualifications, and their positions. I have voted for Democrats and Republicans. I have written in candidates, and I almost always split my ticket. I wish I had the opportunity to participate in the democratic process of selecting representatives before we were down to the last two candidates, too often selected from their respective parties’ extremes.
  • Dorothy Hall
    signed via 2024-05-03 19:27:44 -0400
    I am a Democrat and support this !
  • Lisa Smith
    signed 2024-04-27 21:02:54 -0400
  • Patricia Rooney
    signed 2024-04-27 08:34:21 -0400
    The 2024 primary in Lancaster County was an expensive embarrassment, with one poll hosting only 3 voters all day. Since taxpayers are paying for this, shouldn’t they be able to say whether or not they want primaries open to ALL voters?
  • Daniel King
    signed 2024-04-26 15:34:48 -0400
  • Ryan Spurlock
    signed 2024-04-26 13:33:22 -0400
    Independents shouldn’t have an extra vote and have a say in both, but a choice to participate in whichever one they choose.
  • james rauch
    signed 2024-04-25 17:49:16 -0400
    By having closed primaries Pa. is keeping people from their right to vote. Why has this not been changed?
  • Russell Horn
    signed 2024-04-25 15:14:31 -0400
  • Cristen Fiorani
    signed 2024-04-25 11:08:59 -0400
  • Karen Gal-Or
    signed 2024-04-23 20:38:22 -0400
  • Carol Tileston
    signed 2024-04-23 13:24:19 -0400
  • Jose Sanchez
    signed 2024-04-23 12:33:23 -0400
    I went to go vote in Philadelphia PA and they told me that I cannot vote for state election unless I choose a party cuz I’m independent. And that’s taking away my rights to vote for either party that’s what independent means. I just can’t believe how elections has changed so much we don’t choose any more they choose for us if you’re a party that’s the party they’re going to pull up on the screen. That’s exactly what the lady told me so if you’re a Democrat only Democrat will pop up if you’re Republican or only Republican balance or pop up and that makes no sense we’re American people and we have the right to vote whether we’re Democrats Republican or independent. This is sick and controls of voters!!!!!!!
  • Karen Kapfhammer
    signed 2024-04-23 12:16:23 -0400
  • Christopher Omiros
    signed 2024-04-23 11:34:26 -0400