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

Stacie Bumgarner
John Anderson
Thomas Baier
lisa Altman
Ian Doreian
Louise Barbaretta
William Kiraly
Cara McMahon
Paul Warren
Michael Hutwagner
EddieMae Lauraine Acey
Keith Hopkins
Karen Wertzberger
Heather Kershner
Brian Swiderski
Michael Crain
Nancy Hoffman
Stanley Horwitz
David Schernecke
L Tuckman
Manuel Garcia
Deborah Maizer
Nancy Lucas
Robert Meredith
Muriel Lange
Vaughn Deliman
Kellen Cassidy
Donnan Stoicovy
Cletus Robb
Kathleen Bernard
3,659 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Stacie Bumgarner
    signed 2023-08-26 16:15:38 -0400
  • John Anderson
    signed 2023-08-26 09:49:50 -0400
  • Thomas Baier
    signed 2023-08-25 21:12:44 -0400
  • lisa Altman
    signed 2023-08-25 15:46:54 -0400
  • Ian Doreian
    signed 2023-08-25 13:32:24 -0400
  • Louise Barbaretta
    signed 2023-08-25 13:09:17 -0400
  • William Kiraly
    signed 2023-08-25 08:34:45 -0400
    As a retired veteran and an independent voter, I implore Pennsylvania to get rid of the archaic closed primary system. My vote counts!
  • Cara McMahon
    signed 2023-08-24 22:17:19 -0400
  • Paul Warren
    signed 2023-08-24 06:30:49 -0400
  • Michael Hutwagner
    signed via 2023-08-23 22:51:02 -0400
    Michael Hutwagner .. I am an independent voter..
  • EddieMae Lauraine Acey
    signed via 2023-08-23 21:30:30 -0400
    As a citizen of the United States 🇺🇸, I am entitled to vote 🗳 for candidates of my choice, under the party to which I belong. As a registered INDEPENDENT, I am denied that privilege during the PA Primary Elections. I would like to see this policy changed and all Elections be open to every Voter, regardless of their political affiliation. Thank you for considering my opinion and the attendant request.
  • Keith Hopkins
    signed 2023-08-23 08:58:37 -0400
  • Karen Wertzberger
    signed 2023-08-23 08:48:52 -0400
  • Heather Kershner
    signed 2023-08-23 06:03:57 -0400
    Thank you for attempting this fundamentally correct process. I would also love to have the “caucus” abolished, to truly establish a fair and just voting process in USA.
  • Brian Swiderski
    signed 2023-08-22 22:19:20 -0400
  • Michael Crain
    signed via 2023-08-22 21:45:38 -0400
  • Nancy Hoffman
    signed via 2023-08-22 15:33:42 -0400
  • Stanley Horwitz
    signed 2023-08-22 15:07:26 -0400
    If the political party power brokers in PA insist on closed primary elections, then each party who holds closed primary elections should reimburse taxpayers for 100% of the cost of those elections.
  • David Schernecke
    signed 2023-08-22 13:35:56 -0400
    Margaret V Schernecke
  • L Tuckman
    signed 2023-08-22 09:33:51 -0400
  • Manuel Garcia
    signed 2023-08-22 08:33:45 -0400
  • Deborah Maizer
    signed 2023-08-22 08:31:13 -0400
  • Nancy Lucas
    signed 2023-08-22 08:30:21 -0400
  • Robert Meredith
    signed 2023-08-22 08:20:56 -0400
  • Muriel Lange
    signed 2023-08-22 07:27:27 -0400
  • Vaughn Deliman
    signed via 2023-08-22 07:13:50 -0400
    It’s about time we stop this two party rule!
  • Kellen Cassidy
    signed via 2023-08-22 06:42:49 -0400
    Makes NO sense why I as an independent can’t vote in a primary.
  • Donnan Stoicovy
    signed 2023-08-22 05:56:03 -0400
  • Cletus Robb
    signed 2023-08-22 00:55:28 -0400
    Finally,Independent voters may be able to exercise their Long Repressed Right to vote in primaries!!!!You can be assured that the Super PACs and Special Interests of the 2 Party Machines will fight against the Constitutional Rights we as PA Veterans swore a Sacred Oath to uphold at Our Enlistment or Commission into the U.S. Armed Forces!!!!Hopefully our State Representatives will Do the Right and Equitable implementation and passage of this proposed and discussed legislation!!!!
  • Kathleen Bernard
    signed 2023-08-22 00:29:04 -0400