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

Carl Musser
Linda Donofrio
Craig Donofrio
Nora Peace
Richard Lease
Janice Cope
William Cope
Michael Gumpert
Brian Eisenschmied
Michele Swab
Richard Martin
Jim Stauffer
Stephen Tang
Matthew Marx
Jane Horan
Greg Keck
Nate Hershey
Robert Thomas
Simone Temple
Bonnie McGill
Brendan Wissinger
M. Gwin
Louise & Arthur Grim
Patricia Lawlor
Joan Waters Freiberg
Blair Echols
Stephanie McAlaine
Christopher Kopco
Cletus Robb
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Carl Musser
    signed 2022-05-24 10:58:09 -0400
    Thank you for doing this!!
  • Linda Donofrio
    signed 2022-05-24 10:18:18 -0400
  • Craig Donofrio
    signed 2022-05-24 10:09:28 -0400
  • Nora Peace
    signed 2022-05-24 01:26:51 -0400
  • Richard Lease
    signed 2022-05-23 18:39:39 -0400
  • Janice Cope
    signed 2022-05-23 17:23:17 -0400
  • William Cope
    signed 2022-05-23 16:46:19 -0400
    It’s about time!
  • Michael Gumpert
    signed 2022-05-23 16:22:49 -0400
  • Brian Eisenschmied
    signed 2022-05-23 16:14:31 -0400
  • Michele Swab
    signed 2022-05-23 15:44:53 -0400
  • Richard Martin
    signed 2022-05-23 14:53:15 -0400
  • Jim Stauffer
    signed 2022-05-23 14:14:00 -0400
  • Stephen Tang
    signed 2022-05-23 12:31:36 -0400
  • Matthew Marx
    signed 2022-05-23 12:15:59 -0400
  • Jane Horan
    signed 2022-05-23 11:20:45 -0400
  • Greg Keck
    signed 2022-05-23 10:50:47 -0400
  • Nate Hershey
    signed 2022-05-23 09:58:08 -0400
  • Robert Thomas
    signed 2022-05-23 09:51:32 -0400
    I am sick of all the party B.S. Open elections to all votes!
  • Simone Temple
    signed 2022-05-23 09:12:29 -0400
    Everyone should be allowed to vote in EVERY election – no matter what party they are or aren’t in.
  • Bonnie McGill
    signed 2022-05-22 23:01:53 -0400
  • Brendan Wissinger
    signed 2022-05-22 22:08:42 -0400
    We must repeal open primaries. They encourage partisanship and encourage and incentivize politicians to appeal to their base instead of appealing to a majority of the electorate, thereby pushing more partisan and extremist candidates. They harm candidates that a majority of people agree with simply because they aren’t the largest faction in the party, and end up creating a spoiler effect where voters vote for the lesser of the two evils. Voting should be about electing governments that fix things not ones who destroy our lives the least. They alienate independents making them unable to vote, and because of our first past the post system and the spoiler effect they are unable to vote for candidates that believe will govern the best at the ballot box in the general elections. Not only should we replace closed primaries with open primaries, we should replace closed primaries with the most democratic and American primaries: Nonpartisan Blanket Primaries with give voters the most choice and they don’t have to choose between parties at the ballot box either.
  • M. Gwin
    signed 2022-05-22 14:04:39 -0400
    closed primaries are just another hoop for voters to jump through in order to access their constitutional right to freely express their choice for representation. it is an archaic, outdated “status quo” for which there is no excuse NOT to amend & update to reflect the needs of current society. end closed primaries NOW.
  • Louise & Arthur Grim
    signed 2022-05-22 12:06:28 -0400
  • Patricia Lawlor
    signed 2022-05-22 10:59:29 -0400
  • Joan Waters Freiberg
    signed 2022-05-22 10:07:45 -0400
  • Blair Echols
    signed 2022-05-22 09:57:03 -0400
    Open up the elections.
  • Jean
    signed 2022-05-22 09:37:48 -0400
  • Stephanie McAlaine
    signed 2022-05-22 09:33:30 -0400
  • Christopher Kopco
    signed 2022-05-22 06:38:24 -0400
  • Cletus Robb
    signed 2022-05-22 00:14:29 -0400