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

fran hazam
Tracey olkus
Robin Weder
Mary Park
gilda johnson
Charles Day
Sandra Lewis
Lunette Gilbert
Sara Steele
Robert Cheetham
Sharon Forte
Michael Lacovara
Thomas Vernon
Stephen Monheim
Nancy Black
Terry Schettini
Evelina McGuigan
Ann Sheehan
caroline stritzinger
Shelly Preston
Liam Gibson
Raymond Kistner
Erica Dreabit
Bonnie McGill
Rebekah Hakes
Jeffrey Greenwald
William Griffner
Celine Watko
Sharon Griffner
Janice Balaskas
2,481 signatures

Will you sign?

  • fran hazam
    signed 2022-07-09 19:53:32 -0400
    Independent voters in PA are angry when they get to the polls on election day and find they can only vote on Questions ! When they register NP they don’t read the fine print and realize they just relinquished their right to vote in Primary Elections for any candidates. They feel ripped off ! As they should . Time to give independent voters equal rights in Primary Elections
  • Tracey olkus
    signed 2022-07-09 19:13:02 -0400
  • Robin Weder
    signed 2022-07-09 18:47:21 -0400
  • Mary Park
    signed 2022-07-09 18:41:01 -0400
  • gilda johnson
    signed 2022-07-09 18:33:01 -0400
  • Charles Day
    signed 2022-07-09 18:21:43 -0400
  • Sandra Lewis
    signed 2022-07-09 18:20:06 -0400
  • Lunette Gilbert
    signed 2022-07-09 17:58:55 -0400
  • Sara Steele
    signed 2022-07-09 17:44:19 -0400
  • Robert Cheetham
    signed 2022-07-09 17:43:40 -0400
  • Sharon Forte
    signed 2022-07-09 17:26:42 -0400
  • Michael Lacovara
    signed 2022-07-09 16:22:30 -0400
  • Thomas Vernon
    signed 2022-07-09 16:01:01 -0400
    A crucial step for democracy.
  • Stephen Monheim
    signed 2022-07-08 10:24:58 -0400
  • Nancy Black
    signed 2022-07-08 07:55:20 -0400
  • Terry Schettini
    signed 2022-07-07 10:15:43 -0400
  • Evelina McGuigan
    signed 2022-07-07 09:10:24 -0400
  • Ann Sheehan
    signed 2022-07-07 08:41:43 -0400
  • caroline stritzinger
    signed 2022-07-07 07:43:07 -0400
  • Shelly Preston
    signed 2022-07-07 07:38:03 -0400
  • Liam Gibson
    signed 2022-07-07 05:22:32 -0400
  • Raymond Kistner
    signed 2022-07-06 22:27:01 -0400
  • Erica Dreabit
    signed 2022-07-06 22:03:14 -0400
  • Bonnie McGill
    signed 2022-07-06 20:23:19 -0400
  • Rebekah Hakes
    signed 2022-07-06 20:17:19 -0400
  • Jeffrey Greenwald
    signed 2022-07-06 20:11:21 -0400
  • William Griffner
    signed via 2022-07-06 19:33:27 -0400
  • Celine Watko
    signed 2022-07-06 19:18:36 -0400
  • Sharon Griffner
    signed 2022-07-06 18:59:57 -0400
  • Janice Balaskas
    signed 2022-07-06 18:37:57 -0400

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