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

Hertis Smithey
Vincent Meyers Sr
Cheryl Winters-Tetreau
Robert Sodano
Sarah Vieldhouse
Richard Gliniak
Amy Neylon
Phyllis Foster
Gale McGloin
Mary Norek
Lila Bricklin
Mary Ellen Chiccine
Richard Wynne
Michelle Loucas
Celia Taylor
Theresa Marran
Mary Mitsch
Ann Csink
David Kulina
Nancy Forsell
Rick Julius
douglas tusten
Bruce Sacks
Jim McGowan
Mary Spang-Lawton
Bernard Survil
Sean Henry
Mary Jo Harris
Theresa Helm
William Paci
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Hertis Smithey
    signed 2022-08-13 10:43:09 -0400
  • Vincent Meyers Sr
    signed 2022-08-12 16:37:57 -0400
    I would prefer rank choice voting so all eligible candidates are available to be selected.
  • Cheryl Winters-Tetreau
    signed via 2022-08-12 16:01:45 -0400
  • Robert Sodano
    signed 2022-08-09 13:01:45 -0400
  • Sarah Vieldhouse
    signed 2022-08-08 06:20:23 -0400
  • Richard Gliniak
    signed 2022-08-08 03:19:51 -0400
  • Amy Neylon
    signed 2022-08-07 08:15:06 -0400
  • Phyllis Foster
    signed 2022-08-07 06:38:53 -0400
  • Gale McGloin
    signed 2022-08-06 18:01:14 -0400
  • Mary Norek
    signed 2022-08-06 06:36:39 -0400
  • Lila Bricklin
    signed 2022-08-05 19:29:23 -0400
  • Mary Ellen Chiccine
    signed 2022-08-05 16:19:26 -0400
  • Richard Wynne
    signed 2022-08-05 11:11:45 -0400
  • Michelle Loucas
    signed 2022-08-05 08:40:41 -0400
  • Celia Taylor
    signed 2022-08-04 21:12:24 -0400
  • Theresa Marran
    signed 2022-08-03 21:49:07 -0400
  • Mary Mitsch
    signed 2022-08-03 12:21:52 -0400
  • Ann Csink
    signed 2022-08-03 12:04:03 -0400
  • David Kulina
    signed 2022-08-03 06:42:02 -0400
  • Nancy Forsell
    signed 2022-08-03 05:29:51 -0400
  • Rick Julius
    signed 2022-08-02 13:36:08 -0400
    I been for fair open voting especially for primaries for over twenty years. However, I am also now a great promoter for RCV – (Random Choice Voting) which I feel would give all Americans the opportunity to actually pick who they want. They just don’t get one vote but three votes until the individuals who are running obtain 51 percent of the voting. This means if your first two picks didn’t get enough percentage of the vote and your third pick is still in the running your vote counts again. This would help eliminate down the road the two party system which is the best and fairest method for all. Does anyone disagree? This method has been well received by all the states who have implemented it. If you like more information go to Transformation 2020 -2030.
  • douglas tusten
    signed 2022-08-02 07:13:55 -0400
  • Bruce Sacks
    signed via 2022-08-02 03:31:39 -0400
    Would be an independent if this was in effect.

    So instead, I change parties twice a year.
  • Jim McGowan
    signed 2022-08-01 12:52:48 -0400
  • Mary Spang-Lawton
    signed 2022-08-01 05:58:51 -0400
  • Bernard Survil
    signed 2022-07-31 15:45:50 -0400
  • Sean Henry
    signed 2022-07-31 14:12:11 -0400
  • Mary Jo Harris
    signed 2022-07-31 09:01:04 -0400
  • Theresa Helm
    signed 2022-07-31 06:36:49 -0400
  • William Paci
    signed 2022-07-30 20:10:58 -0400
    I’d like to register as an Independent and vote in PA primaries (so I’m a registered D).

    (Just an aside — I voted Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

    In 2020, I was thinking MAYBE I’d vote Biden because Trump was so awful. But then the Dems had the Green Party removed from the ballot. I was pissed. So I went to the polls and decided I’d vote for whatever third party there was (it was Libertarians). But if the only other choices were Commies and/or Nazis, I’d have voted for them instead of the closet-Republican Biden)