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

Debra Becker
Rick Joi
Eileen Snyder
Barbara Scott
marian pflaumer
Kathleen Chandler
Jonathan Rossman
Emily O'Shell
Gregory Hill
Anne Franks
Marian Keegan
David Bargainnier
Daniel Dromboski
Suzanne Hooker-Connelly
Carla Colangelo
Susan jones
Linda Kusy
Wendy Jones
JoAnn Giglio
Ricki Wittmer
John Stephen
Gini Calcerano
Kathleen O’Connell
Thomas Ulrich
Linda Lewis
Joan M Bouchard
Helen Marie Marshall
Ann Cathers
Kay Whittle
Shelby Keiser
2,481 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Debra Becker
    signed 2022-07-28 21:47:12 -0400
  • Rick Joi
    signed 2022-07-28 21:20:22 -0400
  • Eileen Snyder
    signed 2022-07-28 19:42:59 -0400
  • Barbara Scott
    signed 2022-07-28 17:13:36 -0400
  • marian pflaumer
    signed 2022-07-28 16:19:37 -0400
  • Kathleen Chandler
    signed 2022-07-28 15:32:44 -0400
  • Jonathan Rossman
    signed 2022-07-28 13:20:41 -0400
  • Emily O'Shell
    signed 2022-07-28 13:00:32 -0400
  • Gregory Hill
    signed 2022-07-28 10:04:20 -0400
    Every registered voter should be able to have his/her vote counted in every election. Closed primaries prevent this, and are, by definition, anti-democratic. Let’s improve our PA democracy by ending closed primaries.
  • Anne Franks
    signed 2022-07-28 09:58:11 -0400
  • Marian Keegan
    signed via 2022-07-28 09:55:20 -0400
  • David Bargainnier
    signed 2022-07-28 09:35:41 -0400
  • Daniel Dromboski
    signed 2022-07-28 08:53:50 -0400
  • Suzanne Hooker-Connelly
    signed 2022-07-28 07:07:08 -0400
  • Carla Colangelo
    signed via 2022-07-27 22:45:18 -0400
  • Susan jones
    signed 2022-07-27 22:28:33 -0400
  • Linda Kusy
    signed via 2022-07-27 22:06:47 -0400
  • Wendy Jones
    signed 2022-07-27 20:53:08 -0400
  • JoAnn Giglio
    signed 2022-07-27 19:54:19 -0400
  • Ricki Wittmer
    signed 2022-07-27 19:46:13 -0400
  • John Stephen
    signed 2022-07-27 19:01:19 -0400
  • Gini Calcerano
    signed 2022-07-27 18:05:31 -0400
  • Kathleen O’Connell
    signed 2022-07-27 17:59:51 -0400
  • Thomas Ulrich
    signed 2022-07-27 17:55:51 -0400
  • Linda Lewis
    signed 2022-07-27 17:36:50 -0400
  • Joan M Bouchard
    signed 2022-07-27 17:31:47 -0400
    I will forward this to other like-minded people.
  • Helen Marie Marshall
    signed 2022-07-27 17:29:21 -0400
  • Ann Cathers
    signed 2022-07-27 17:12:46 -0400
  • Kay Whittle
    signed 2022-07-27 16:41:53 -0400
    All registered voters should be able to vote in the primaries. That said, all voters – Dems, Reps, Green, Independents, Non-affiliated, etc must decide to step up and participate in the process, get to know the candidates, financially support the ones who speak to your values. It’s not enough to let the Dems and Reps take care of finding and supporting candidates. It’s not enough to just know up to vote. Everyone who wants to vote should also be involved in all of the decisions that screen and promote candidates.
  • Shelby Keiser
    signed 2022-07-27 16:16:26 -0400