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

Peter Knight
Norma Van Dyke
Nathan Ealy
Scott F rey
George Fitzgerald
Chris Clark
Shannon Sisk
Marilyn Hilliard
Mary Frey
Sherene Padinjarekutt
Julia Hogan
Timothy Tieperman
Chris Fralic
Irma Fralic
Earl Houseknecht
Katie Littleton
Michael Barney
Sarah Siebach
Lynn McGovern
Jerilynn McGovern
Donald J. Trump
Victor Penman
Rebecca Penman
Anne Hickok
Debra Kanefsky
Andrew Houchins
Erin Gasperi
David King
Carol VanDoran
Paul M
4,184 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Peter Knight
    signed 2024-04-19 21:34:51 -0400
    I am the Southeast Regin Chair of the Forward Party of PA
  • Norma Van Dyke
    signed 2024-04-19 15:53:44 -0400
  • Nathan Ealy
    signed via 2024-04-19 12:15:49 -0400
  • Scott F rey
    signed 2024-04-18 10:32:27 -0400
  • George Fitzgerald
    signed via 2024-04-18 10:29:37 -0400
  • Chris Clark
    signed 2024-04-18 07:38:03 -0400
  • Shannon Sisk
    signed 2024-04-17 21:55:53 -0400
  • Marilyn Hilliard
    signed 2024-04-17 18:03:35 -0400
    Closed primaries result in taxation without representation.
  • Mary Frey
    signed 2024-04-17 09:29:36 -0400
  • Sherene Padinjarekutt
    signed 2024-04-16 20:57:28 -0400
  • Julia Hogan
    signed 2024-04-16 20:27:09 -0400
  • Timothy Tieperman
    signed 2024-04-16 20:24:12 -0400
  • Chris Fralic
    signed 2024-04-16 18:19:12 -0400
  • Irma Fralic
    signed 2024-04-16 17:15:57 -0400
  • Earl Houseknecht
    signed 2024-04-16 15:34:42 -0400
  • Katie Littleton
    signed 2024-04-16 13:38:58 -0400
  • Michael Barney
    signed 2024-04-15 22:02:28 -0400
  • Sarah Siebach
    signed 2024-04-15 14:36:45 -0400
  • Lynn McGovern
    signed 2024-04-15 11:40:30 -0400
    Closed primaries deny many voters from participating in a fair voting process. It is time to give every registered voter the right to participate in primary elections.
  • Jerilynn McGovern
    signed 2024-04-15 09:35:30 -0400
    Please, let’s repeal closed primaries so all citizens who are registered to vote have the opportunity to have input into who will be selected as candidates.
  • Donald J. Trump
    signed 2024-04-14 09:23:57 -0400
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  • Victor Penman
    signed 2024-04-13 16:47:52 -0400
  • Rebecca Penman
    signed 2024-04-13 16:44:00 -0400
  • Anne Hickok
    signed 2024-04-13 09:38:23 -0400
  • Debra Kanefsky
    signed 2024-04-12 12:51:39 -0400
  • Andrew Houchins
    signed 2024-04-11 19:44:58 -0400
  • Erin Gasperi
    signed 2024-04-11 18:18:49 -0400
  • David King
    signed 2024-04-11 12:35:14 -0400
  • Carol VanDoran
    signed 2024-04-10 13:29:24 -0400
    Everyone who is eligible to vote should have the right to vote in primary elections. This should be a national law, not left up to each individual state.
  • Paul M
    signed 2024-04-10 11:28:37 -0400