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 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

Alexander Cadman
Kelli Mundy
lynn weidner
Thomas OHara
Kenneth Moll
Charles Needham
Joseph Fisher
Diana Krantz
Lynne Hill
Alyssa Schlegel
Wyatt McMartin
Kathleen Cole
Antoinette Munford
Rodger Weir
Ray Lynn Rominger
Stephen Rominger
Christian Pedersen
matthew tighe
Steve DeFlitch
Helen Fries
Fran Klock
Nicholas Pfirman
Jodi Buntain
Jean Martinez
Martin C Karchner
Edna Scheifele
Margo Bennett
Karen Paris
Shanae Brown
Denise Seilhamer
3,145 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Alexander Cadman
    signed via 2023-05-29 17:12:40 -0400
  • Kelli Mundy
    signed via 2023-05-28 17:21:04 -0400
  • lynn weidner
    signed 2023-05-28 15:47:31 -0400
  • Thomas OHara
    signed via 2023-05-28 15:35:10 -0400
  • Kenneth Moll
    signed via 2023-05-28 11:55:31 -0400
  • Charles Needham
    signed 2023-05-27 16:38:24 -0400
  • Joseph Fisher
    signed via 2023-05-27 12:58:41 -0400
  • Diana Krantz
    signed 2023-05-27 08:45:51 -0400
  • Lynne Hill
    signed 2023-05-26 16:25:38 -0400
  • Alyssa Schlegel
    signed via 2023-05-26 09:30:57 -0400
  • Wyatt McMartin
    signed via 2023-05-25 23:26:04 -0400
  • Kathleen Cole
    signed 2023-05-25 16:15:28 -0400
  • Antoinette Munford
    signed 2023-05-25 10:26:20 -0400
    Doesn’t make any sense to keep Independent and Non-Affliated voters from voting in the Primaries when we have to vote for a Republican or Democrat in the General elections anyway. I’m a registered voter and should be able to vote in any election.
  • Rodger Weir
    signed via 2023-05-25 08:11:51 -0400
    I am one of the people that’s a voting-suppressed independent and have known for decades that closed primaries are nothing else but the legal form of voter suppression. I’m in for the repeal on closed primaries. It’s LONG overdue.
  • Ray Lynn Rominger
    signed via 2023-05-25 07:27:49 -0400
  • Stephen Rominger
    signed 2023-05-25 06:16:53 -0400
    Party affiliation should not be a qualifier for the right to vote.
  • Christian Pedersen
    signed 2023-05-24 21:59:49 -0400
  • matthew tighe
    signed 2023-05-24 19:46:10 -0400
  • Steve DeFlitch
    signed via 2023-05-24 17:56:14 -0400
  • Helen Fries
    signed 2023-05-24 12:46:53 -0400
  • Fran Klock
    signed 2023-05-24 10:59:48 -0400
    I definitely approve of this. My right to vote has been denied just because I may not be in a certain party.
  • Nicholas Pfirman
    signed via 2023-05-24 10:50:56 -0400
  • Jodi Buntain
    signed 2023-05-24 09:05:07 -0400
  • Jean Martinez
    signed 2023-05-24 07:42:00 -0400
    I used to live in a state with open primaries and it worked well., though I believe they went to closed primaries sometime after I moved. Open primaries allow one to vote for their choice of best candidate and I hope would also allow non-affiliated voters to have a say before the general election.
  • Martin C Karchner
    signed 2023-05-24 07:13:54 -0400
    We need open primaries NOW more than ever before!!
  • Edna Scheifele
    signed 2023-05-24 03:10:30 -0400
  • Margo Bennett
    signed via 2023-05-23 22:13:19 -0400
  • Karen Paris
    signed 2023-05-23 21:20:26 -0400
  • Shanae Brown
    signed 2023-05-23 20:36:55 -0400
    All voters should be eligible! Repeal closed primaries
  • Denise Seilhamer
    signed 2023-05-23 20:34:18 -0400