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

Holly Schnur
John Freiberg
Antoinette Munford
Parrish Mellott
Mark M e llott
Carole Bailey
Rose Hardimg
Brigid Gallagher
Michael Strickler
Mary McKenna
Michael Landis
Barbara Ford
Lauriaselle Afanador
Jeanne Duffy
Elizabeth Grant
Bruce Chan
Eileen Flinn
Robert D Hadden
Sam Zacharias
William Van Hoeven
William Cumby
Evan Malone
Nancy Brevak
Curvin Strausbaugh
Edward Vaughan
Jose Gutierrez
Chris Conrath
Marianne Monahan
Jean Martinez
Diana Neri
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Holly Schnur
    signed 2022-05-21 23:12:34 -0400
  • John Freiberg
    signed 2022-05-21 21:22:00 -0400
  • Antoinette Munford
    signed 2022-05-21 16:01:00 -0400
    Doesn’t make any sense to keep Independent and Non-Affliated voters from voting in the Primaries when we have to vote for a Republican or Democrat in the General elections anyway. I’m a registered voter and should be able to vote in any election.
  • Parrish Mellott
    signed 2022-05-21 14:13:44 -0400
  • Mark M e llott
    signed 2022-05-21 13:34:52 -0400
    Mark mellott
  • Carole Bailey
    signed 2022-05-21 10:50:02 -0400
  • Rose Hardimg
    signed via 2022-05-21 10:19:10 -0400
  • Brigid Gallagher
    signed 2022-05-21 08:56:21 -0400
  • Michael Strickler
    signed 2022-05-21 05:40:05 -0400
  • Mary McKenna
    signed 2022-05-20 22:16:57 -0400
  • Michael Landis
    signed 2022-05-20 20:46:58 -0400
  • Barbara Ford
    signed 2022-05-20 20:38:22 -0400
  • Lauriaselle Afanador
    signed 2022-05-20 18:39:37 -0400
  • Jeanne Duffy
    signed 2022-05-20 17:09:55 -0400
  • Elizabeth Grant
    signed 2022-05-20 17:03:03 -0400
  • Bruce Chan
    signed 2022-05-20 15:48:21 -0400
  • Eileen Flinn
    signed 2022-05-20 14:57:16 -0400
  • Robert D Hadden
    signed 2022-05-20 13:39:49 -0400
  • Sam Zacharias
    signed 2022-05-20 13:20:00 -0400
  • William Van Hoeven
    signed 2022-05-20 13:17:07 -0400
  • William Cumby
    signed 2022-05-20 10:21:45 -0400
  • Evan Malone
    signed 2022-05-20 09:39:39 -0400
  • Nancy Brevak
    signed 2022-05-20 09:21:39 -0400
  • Curvin Strausbaugh
    signed 2022-05-20 09:16:56 -0400
  • Edward Vaughan
    signed via 2022-05-20 08:58:20 -0400
  • Jose Gutierrez
    signed 2022-05-20 08:44:35 -0400
  • Chris Conrath
    signed 2022-05-20 08:39:30 -0400
  • Marianne Monahan
    signed 2022-05-20 08:15:20 -0400
  • Jean Martinez
    signed 2022-05-20 08:12:19 -0400
    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.
  • Diana Neri
    signed via 2022-05-20 08:02:25 -0400