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

Jim Fleming
Betty Pickett
Katelyn Haas-Conrad
Neha Ghosh
Adelaide Steely
Gail Maatman
Elizabeth Cunicelli
Carol Gruber
Diane Osgood
Mary Mack
Chad Dougherty
Jessica Forsell
Rosa Esquenazi
Marianne Patrizi
Gregory Hiestand
Sharon/Lew Sears
D John Woodcock
John Franz
Betsy Schneider
Michael Tierney
Jack Malloy
Robert M Cohen Md
Donna Carswell
Sharon Spinrad
Mary Catherine Manley
Rita Waters
Jean Frey
Devon Miller
Lori Brown
Nancy Lanham
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jim Fleming
    signed 2022-09-02 13:40:35 -0400
  • Betty Pickett
    signed 2022-09-02 12:35:19 -0400
  • Katelyn Haas-Conrad
    signed 2022-09-02 12:17:49 -0400
  • Neha Ghosh
    signed 2022-08-31 11:11:30 -0400
  • Adelaide Steely
    signed 2022-08-30 08:17:41 -0400
    Have been pushing for this since could vote in Philly in 1970s!
  • Gail Maatman
    signed 2022-08-29 19:30:20 -0400
  • Elizabeth Cunicelli
    signed 2022-08-28 16:24:17 -0400
    pro open primaries!!!
  • Carol Gruber
    signed via 2022-08-28 15:05:49 -0400
  • Diane Osgood
    signed 2022-08-25 21:04:21 -0400
  • Mary Mack
    signed 2022-08-23 13:01:25 -0400
  • Chad Dougherty
    signed 2022-08-22 20:44:20 -0400
  • Jessica Forsell
    signed 2022-08-21 12:53:39 -0400
  • Rosa Esquenazi
    signed 2022-08-21 08:11:07 -0400
  • Marianne Patrizi
    signed 2022-08-20 16:24:10 -0400
  • Gregory Hiestand
    signed 2022-08-20 10:53:58 -0400
  • Sharon/Lew Sears
    signed 2022-08-20 10:13:14 -0400
    A step forward and along with Fair Districts and Independent Judges we can make strides to a more perfect union.
  • D John Woodcock
    signed 2022-08-19 21:52:45 -0400
    As our current system operates, primaries which set the tickets for November are hugely important. I consider myself independent, but have registered with a party for 50+ years so that I wouldn’t lose that opportunity -
  • John Franz
    signed 2022-08-19 21:26:32 -0400
    Adolph Hitler worked hard to restrict voters and voting.
  • Betsy Schneider
    signed via 2022-08-19 19:35:56 -0400
  • Michael Tierney
    signed 2022-08-19 19:01:38 -0400
  • Jack Malloy
    signed 2022-08-19 18:11:13 -0400
  • Robert M Cohen Md
    signed 2022-08-19 17:48:17 -0400
  • Donna Carswell
    signed 2022-08-19 17:00:22 -0400
    Open primaries would be a great step forward for democracy in Pennsylvania!
  • Sharon Spinrad
    signed 2022-08-19 17:00:14 -0400
  • Mary Catherine Manley
    signed 2022-08-19 16:55:07 -0400
  • Rita Waters
    signed 2022-08-19 16:27:02 -0400
  • Jean Frey
    signed 2022-08-18 07:34:16 -0400
  • Devon Miller
    signed 2022-08-17 22:29:59 -0400
  • Lori Brown
    signed 2022-08-17 10:51:45 -0400
  • Nancy Lanham
    signed 2022-08-15 03:50:32 -0400

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