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

Priscilla Mattison
James Lawless
Daniel F Motto
Marc Lebeau
Ronald Zollers
Jake Margerum
Betty Cauler
Kurt Lichtenfeld
John Kathman
Dan McDonnell
Leslie Roy
Elizabeth Withey-Vandiver
Jean Martinez
Karen Conklin
Dani Hreha
Janice Peischl
Bob Grow
Kathleen Rampson
Megan McKale
Margaret Parker
Bob Grill
David OToole
Mary McKenna
Linda Kaulius
Maryanne Bush
Chea Villanueva
Catherine Pensyl
Norma Van Dyke
John Legath
Linda Whiting
4,037 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Priscilla Mattison
    signed 2024-01-25 15:20:37 -0500
  • James Lawless
    signed 2024-01-25 11:17:44 -0500
  • Daniel F Motto
    signed 2024-01-25 11:10:04 -0500
  • Marc Lebeau
    signed 2024-01-25 10:03:39 -0500
  • Ronald Zollers
    signed 2024-01-24 20:02:25 -0500
  • Jake Margerum
    signed 2024-01-24 14:06:28 -0500
  • Betty Cauler
    signed 2024-01-24 10:05:12 -0500
  • Kurt Lichtenfeld
    signed 2024-01-24 09:45:49 -0500
  • John Kathman
    signed 2024-01-24 09:43:00 -0500
    Let’s make this happen!
  • Dan McDonnell
    signed 2024-01-24 08:57:53 -0500
  • Leslie Roy
    signed 2024-01-24 08:11:16 -0500
  • Elizabeth Withey-Vandiver
    signed 2024-01-24 08:07:41 -0500
    Independents should have the right to participate in the primaries. Also, Pennsylvania should make primaries earlier so that Pennsylvanian’s have a voice in the process of selecting the candidate.
  • Jean Martinez
    signed 2024-01-24 08:07:30 -0500
    I used to live in a state with open primaries and it worked well., though I believe they went to closed primaries sometime after I moved. Open primaries allow one to vote for their choice of best candidate and I hope would also allow non-affiliated voters to have a say before the general election.
  • Karen Conklin
    signed 2024-01-24 07:36:22 -0500
    It’s time to give every voter a voice in the primary elections
  • Dani Hreha
    signed 2024-01-23 23:11:30 -0500
  • Janice Peischl
    signed 2024-01-23 23:03:12 -0500
  • Bob Grow
    signed 2024-01-23 21:54:50 -0500
  • Kathleen Rampson
    signed via 2024-01-23 21:23:21 -0500
  • Megan McKale
    signed 2024-01-23 20:37:07 -0500
  • Margaret Parker
    signed 2024-01-23 20:16:15 -0500
  • Bob Grill
    signed via 2024-01-23 18:55:57 -0500
  • David OToole
    signed 2024-01-23 17:58:10 -0500
  • Mary McKenna
    signed 2024-01-23 17:05:36 -0500
    We need the input of independent voters to help us make good decisions about who will represent us. Independent voters put a lot of thought into their voting.
  • Linda Kaulius
    signed 2024-01-23 15:37:55 -0500
  • Maryanne Bush
    signed 2024-01-23 15:31:33 -0500
    independants should have the right to vote in the primaries.
  • Chea Villanueva
    signed 2024-01-23 15:27:07 -0500
  • Catherine Pensyl
    signed 2024-01-23 15:05:54 -0500
    Catherine Pensyl
  • Norma Van Dyke
    signed 2024-01-23 14:04:55 -0500
  • John Legath
    signed 2024-01-23 13:46:47 -0500
  • Linda Whiting
    signed 2024-01-23 13:29:18 -0500

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