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 open and free elections in Pennsylvania that lead to responsive and accountable government.


Who's signing

Edward Dowd
Abigail Testament
Cletus Robb
Bridget McDonough
Janice Edens
Hillary Shayne
Thomas Fife
Carmen M Smith
Melissa Blood
Rev Sandra Mackie
Julia Lennon
Hadley DeVarennes
James Bradley
Howard Hinsdale
Elizabeth Hedin
Raymond Boyer
alice wells
Kevin Angle
Joni Lipson
Frank Evelhoch II
Peter Adams
Raymond Stine
Claudia Crane
Marlena Santoyo
Fran Mattia
Sam Garst
Donald Quinn
Dennis McFadden
susan sherman
Diana Krantz
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Edward Dowd
    signed 2022-09-28 17:21:09 -0400
    Of the People, by the People, For the People
  • Abigail Testament
    signed 2022-09-28 11:36:58 -0400
    All hail independent thinking
  • Cletus Robb
    signed 2022-09-28 11:10:34 -0400
    Finally,Independent voters may be able to exercise their Long Repressed Right to vote in primaries!!!!You can be assured that the Super PACs and Special Interests of the 2 Party Machines will fight against the Constitutional Rights we as PA Veterans swore a Sacred Oath to uphold at Our Enlistment or Commission into the U.S. Armed Forces!!!!Hopefully our State Representatives will Do the Right and Equitable implementation and passage of this proposed and discussed legislation!!!!
  • Bridget McDonough
    signed 2022-09-28 06:18:30 -0400
  • Janice Edens
    signed 2022-09-22 13:05:14 -0400
    I totally agree.
  • Hillary Shayne
    signed 2022-09-20 19:58:16 -0400
  • Thomas Fife
    signed 2022-09-17 10:31:09 -0400
    Common sense = open PA primaries, and TERM LIMITS nationally. This government represents nothing except elite bastards who have trampled on the Constitution for DECADES.

    We cannot survive with these people poisoning democracy so they can have power.
  • Carmen M Smith
    signed 2022-09-16 07:27:32 -0400
    Repeal this nonsense
  • Melissa Blood
    signed 2022-09-12 14:40:27 -0400
  • Rev Sandra Mackie
    signed 2022-09-09 15:03:14 -0400
    We need an end to extreme candidates and extreme politics they breed.
  • Julia Lennon
    signed 2022-09-07 11:50:02 -0400
  • Hadley DeVarennes
    signed 2022-09-06 20:20:55 -0400
  • James Bradley
    signed 2022-09-06 17:24:23 -0400
  • Howard Hinsdale
    signed 2022-09-06 17:05:53 -0400
    It’s about time!! Never understood the why of closed primaries and why it varies by state.
  • Elizabeth Hedin
    signed 2022-09-05 19:00:19 -0400
  • Raymond Boyer
    signed 2022-09-04 20:03:17 -0400
  • alice wells
    signed via 2022-09-04 11:01:39 -0400
  • Kevin Angle
    signed 2022-09-04 09:03:34 -0400
  • Joni Lipson
    signed 2022-09-03 20:23:37 -0400
  • Frank Evelhoch II
    signed 2022-09-03 15:27:08 -0400
  • Peter Adams
    signed 2022-09-03 13:37:18 -0400
  • Raymond Stine
    signed 2022-09-03 10:16:34 -0400
  • Claudia Crane
    signed 2022-09-02 22:11:19 -0400
  • Marlena Santoyo
    signed 2022-09-02 19:47:26 -0400
  • Fran Mattia
    signed 2022-09-02 19:30:51 -0400
  • Sam Garst
    signed 2022-09-02 18:45:50 -0400
  • Donald Quinn
    signed 2022-09-02 17:39:33 -0400
  • Dennis McFadden
    signed 2022-09-02 16:48:36 -0400
  • susan sherman
    signed 2022-09-02 16:41:57 -0400
  • Diana Krantz
    signed 2022-09-02 16:10:09 -0400