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

Joshua Zissman
Lindsay Cashman
William Griffner
Marilyn Berberich
Alicia Brown
Molly O'Connor
john purtell
Jessica Forsell
Sharon Griffner
Robert Breighner
K Schultz
Rachel Sementuh
Tom Cieslinski
Cathie Brown Blair
George Patrick
Mary Lococo
mary Zoshak
John Boerger
David Ehrenwerth
Patricia Krebs
Matthew Fontana
Charles Melle
Mark Zimmerman
Jennifer Meservey
James Zoshak
Donna Serino
Nicholas Smyth
Barbara McIlvaine Smith
Calvin Zimmerman
Allison McErlain
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Joshua Zissman
    signed 2022-05-03 21:25:04 -0400
  • Lindsay Cashman
    signed 2022-05-03 21:21:38 -0400
  • William Griffner
    signed via 2022-05-03 20:29:08 -0400
  • Marilyn Berberich
    signed 2022-05-03 20:15:40 -0400
    Let’s get this done! We need to have candidates who don’t feel compelled to appeal to the more extreme side of their party and fan the flames of polarization.
  • Alicia Brown
    signed 2022-05-03 20:07:36 -0400
  • Molly O'Connor
    signed via 2022-05-03 20:06:12 -0400
  • john purtell
    signed 2022-05-03 20:00:08 -0400
  • Jessica Forsell
    signed 2022-05-03 19:57:05 -0400
    Good luck!!
  • Sharon Griffner
    signed 2022-05-03 19:46:07 -0400
  • Robert Breighner
    signed 2022-05-03 19:43:08 -0400
  • K Schultz
    signed 2022-05-03 19:27:53 -0400
  • Rachel Sementuh
    signed 2022-05-03 19:20:37 -0400
  • Tom Cieslinski
    signed 2022-05-03 19:02:53 -0400
  • Cathie Brown Blair
    signed 2022-05-03 18:29:21 -0400
  • George Patrick
    signed 2022-05-03 18:27:04 -0400
  • Mary Lococo
    signed 2022-05-03 18:24:32 -0400
  • mary Zoshak
    signed 2022-05-03 18:22:49 -0400
  • John Boerger
    signed 2022-05-03 18:15:59 -0400
  • David Ehrenwerth
    signed 2022-05-03 17:58:41 -0400
  • Patricia Krebs
    signed 2022-05-03 17:56:07 -0400
  • Matthew Fontana
    signed 2022-05-03 17:19:51 -0400
  • Charles Melle
    signed 2022-05-03 17:10:51 -0400
  • Mark Zimmerman
    signed 2022-05-03 17:05:22 -0400
  • Jennifer Meservey
    signed 2022-05-03 17:03:38 -0400
  • James Zoshak
    signed 2022-05-03 17:03:03 -0400
  • Donna Serino
    signed 2022-05-03 16:55:56 -0400
  • Nicholas Smyth
    signed 2022-05-03 16:47:01 -0400
  • Barbara McIlvaine Smith
    signed 2022-05-03 16:41:30 -0400
  • Calvin Zimmerman
    signed 2022-05-03 16:40:33 -0400
  • Allison McErlain
    signed 2022-05-03 16:39:10 -0400

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