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

Henry Hoffman
Peter Mardinly
Andrea Ellis
Lois Slocum
Tina Brunetti
Pauline Abernathy
Susan Fineman
Richard Cron
Debra Geiger
Peggy Greenfeld
Clare Meaney
Thomas McCartney
Beverly Horton
Barbara Gorman
Elizabeth Michael Ross
Francis Goss
Shannon Robards
Robert Wenger
Arabella Pope
Jean Handley
Ivan Winegar
Therese Geever
George Colby
Nina Whitnah
Michael Sell
Ellen
Marie Kolumber
Michele Oakes
John Hall
Mary Archey
2,482 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Henry Hoffman
    signed 2022-05-14 14:47:09 -0400
  • Peter Mardinly
    signed 2022-05-14 14:35:33 -0400
    Bravo!!
  • Andrea Ellis
    signed 2022-05-14 14:33:14 -0400
  • Lois Slocum
    signed 2022-05-14 14:18:20 -0400
  • Tina Brunetti
    signed 2022-05-14 14:16:46 -0400
  • Pauline Abernathy
    signed 2022-05-14 14:13:23 -0400
  • Susan Fineman
    signed 2022-05-14 14:11:53 -0400
  • Richard Cron
    signed 2022-05-14 14:11:38 -0400
  • Debra Geiger
    signed 2022-05-14 14:10:06 -0400
  • Peggy Greenfeld
    signed 2022-05-14 13:59:43 -0400
  • Clare Meaney
    signed 2022-05-14 13:55:13 -0400
  • Thomas McCartney
    signed 2022-05-14 13:54:09 -0400
  • Beverly Horton
    signed 2022-05-14 13:51:53 -0400
  • Barbara Gorman
    signed 2022-05-14 13:46:47 -0400
  • Elizabeth Michael Ross
    signed 2022-05-14 13:45:48 -0400
  • Francis Goss
    signed 2022-05-14 13:38:50 -0400
  • Shannon Robards
    signed 2022-05-14 13:23:14 -0400
  • Robert Wenger
    signed 2022-05-14 13:18:18 -0400
    In addition to open primaries, I urge you

    To support 1.) rank-choice voting and 2.) term-limits for all elected representatives to cap the accretion of power, lobbyist-driven influence and reification of antiquated perspectives.
  • Arabella Pope
    signed 2022-05-14 13:16:29 -0400
  • Jean Handley
    signed 2022-05-14 13:16:12 -0400
    All eligible voters should be able to vote in primary elections. Their voices need to be heard. Maybe it will bring the country back to a middle ground and stop the divisiveness in our politics. A country divided cannot stand!
  • Ivan Winegar
    signed 2022-05-14 13:06:43 -0400
  • Therese Geever
    signed 2022-05-14 13:06:20 -0400
    It is time to ensure every registered voter has a vouce
  • George Colby
    signed via 2022-05-14 13:06:18 -0400
  • Nina Whitnah
    signed 2022-05-14 13:02:46 -0400
  • Michael Sell
    signed 2022-05-14 13:01:06 -0400
  • Ellen
    signed 2022-05-14 12:59:15 -0400
  • Marie Kolumber
    signed 2022-05-14 12:59:03 -0400
  • Michele Oakes
    signed 2022-05-14 12:49:02 -0400
    The only way to a fair, accessible election is to let ALL vote in the primaries.
  • John Hall
    signed 2022-05-14 12:48:32 -0400
  • Mary Archey
    signed 2022-05-14 12:26:09 -0400

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