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

Linda Furst
Grace Heiland
Diana Hull
Christine Namey
Anne Bower
Tom Darling
donald dodson
Susan Veneziano
George8 Downing
Thomas Stack
Karen Paris
Ruby Tandon
Dave Cooper
Patrick Egan
Matthew Evans
Adair Roth
Janice Shreffler
Maria Ellis
Jan Sutermeister
Charles Elliott
Cyndy Young
Mary Bashore
Shirley Collester
Karl Truszkowski
Michael Breslin
Joseph LeCouvre
Patricia Varlashkin
Joan Campagna
Don Glaser
Barbara A Bentz
2,482 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Linda Furst
    signed 2022-05-15 06:30:25 -0400
  • Grace Heiland
    signed 2022-05-15 06:04:35 -0400
  • Diana Hull
    signed 2022-05-15 05:59:06 -0400
    Everyone should be allowed to vote in the primaries
  • Christine Namey
    signed 2022-05-15 05:16:28 -0400
  • Anne Bower
    signed via 2022-05-15 02:55:19 -0400
  • Tom Darling
    signed 2022-05-15 00:19:14 -0400
  • donald dodson
    signed 2022-05-15 00:15:45 -0400
  • Susan Veneziano
    signed 2022-05-15 00:12:30 -0400
  • George8 Downing
    signed 2022-05-15 00:05:02 -0400
  • Thomas Stack
    signed 2022-05-14 23:46:14 -0400
    I’m 71, honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, worked for 40 years, paid my taxes, married and raised my family, volunteered in the community but because I’m a registered Independent; I can’t vote. But an 18 year old, who probably hasn’t the experiences in life yet, he or she can vote. How is that not voter suppression?
  • Karen Paris
    signed 2022-05-14 23:37:12 -0400
  • Ruby Tandon
    signed via 2022-05-14 23:32:26 -0400
    Ruby tandon
  • Dave Cooper
    signed 2022-05-14 23:16:38 -0400
  • Patrick Egan
    signed 2022-05-14 22:54:16 -0400
  • Matthew Evans
    signed 2022-05-14 22:38:35 -0400
  • Adair Roth
    signed 2022-05-14 22:03:34 -0400
  • Janice Shreffler
    signed 2022-05-14 21:52:46 -0400
  • Maria Ellis
    signed 2022-05-14 21:41:51 -0400
  • Jan Sutermeister
    signed 2022-05-14 21:36:10 -0400
  • Charles Elliott
    signed 2022-05-14 21:24:52 -0400
  • Cyndy Young
    signed 2022-05-14 21:22:48 -0400
  • Mary Bashore
    signed 2022-05-14 21:18:28 -0400
    I feel independents have as much right as others to vote
  • Shirley Collester
    signed via 2022-05-14 20:38:33 -0400
  • Karl Truszkowski
    signed 2022-05-14 19:50:54 -0400
    Publicly funding for primaries should be eliminated.Let the parties fund there own internal affairs like the Libertarians.They can select whoever they want just not on my dime. Thanks
  • Michael Breslin
    signed 2022-05-14 19:48:03 -0400
  • Joseph LeCouvre
    signed 2022-05-14 19:28:51 -0400
  • Patricia Varlashkin
    signed 2022-05-14 19:03:50 -0400
  • Joan Campagna
    signed 2022-05-14 18:57:24 -0400
  • Don Glaser
    signed 2022-05-14 18:50:20 -0400
  • Barbara A Bentz
    signed 2022-05-14 18:22:53 -0400

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