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

Timothy Faneck
Robert Watts
Chris Nevin
Chuck Ruffner
Paul Merritt
John Margerum
Giantfighter
Trudy Senechal
Joji Bronner
Diane Wertman
Joseph Treese
Thaddeus Robinson
Robert Quigley
Vickie Hollaway
Mike Hanegraaf
Jeffrey Podraza
Jeff James
Christopher Beck
Thomas Thompson
Andrea Mulrine
Bettina Riccio
Margaret Gumpert
Christopher Dunn
Dan McCauley
Susan Hoffman
Chris Letourneau
Gualtieri Lisa
Maureen Edwards
Livia Brenner
Donald Gunn
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Timothy Faneck
    signed 2022-05-26 21:30:42 -0400
  • Robert Watts
    signed 2022-05-26 21:25:23 -0400
  • Chris Nevin
    signed 2022-05-26 20:43:01 -0400
  • Chuck Ruffner
    signed via 2022-05-26 20:25:14 -0400
  • Paul Merritt
    signed 2022-05-26 20:24:59 -0400
  • John Margerum
    signed 2022-05-26 20:02:01 -0400
    We need open primaries and ranked voting, party labels shouldn’t matter.
  • Giantfighter
    signed 2022-05-26 19:23:55 -0400
    I am against state discrimination & the infringement of voter rights


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  • Trudy Senechal
    signed 2022-05-26 18:26:34 -0400
  • Joji Bronner
    signed 2022-05-26 14:39:37 -0400
  • Diane Wertman
    signed 2022-05-26 10:52:17 -0400
    I just changed to independent status, and I would love to vote in the primaries.
  • Joseph Treese
    signed 2022-05-26 10:50:20 -0400
  • Thaddeus Robinson
    signed 2022-05-26 08:53:29 -0400
  • Robert Quigley
    signed 2022-05-26 08:50:46 -0400
  • Vickie Hollaway
    signed 2022-05-26 04:22:27 -0400
  • Mike Hanegraaf
    signed 2022-05-25 23:13:32 -0400
  • Jeffrey Podraza
    signed 2022-05-25 19:57:09 -0400
  • Jeff James
    signed 2022-05-25 15:50:53 -0400
  • Christopher Beck
    signed 2022-05-25 11:57:45 -0400
  • Thomas Thompson
    signed 2022-05-25 11:40:46 -0400
    Thank you. This is very important
  • Andrea Mulrine
    signed 2022-05-25 11:36:26 -0400
  • Bettina Riccio
    signed 2022-05-25 11:31:06 -0400
  • Margaret Gumpert
    signed 2022-05-25 10:28:36 -0400
  • Christopher Dunn
    signed 2022-05-25 08:20:14 -0400
  • Dan McCauley
    signed 2022-05-24 21:48:41 -0400
  • Susan Hoffman
    signed 2022-05-24 21:00:05 -0400
  • Chris Letourneau
    signed 2022-05-24 18:23:59 -0400
  • Gualtieri Lisa
    signed 2022-05-24 17:52:09 -0400
  • Maureen Edwards
    signed 2022-05-24 15:32:18 -0400
  • Livia Brenner
    signed 2022-05-24 14:36:51 -0400
    It’s about time! Just because I don’t care to be affiliated with a political party doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have a say. I still have to live under whoever makes it into office!
  • Donald Gunn
    signed 2022-05-24 13:19:50 -0400

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