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

Terri Truchan
M. Struble
Katherine Fehl
Richard Tregidgo
Michael Burns
Susan Newitt
June Siegel
Linda Young
Mary Atchley
Marcia Lehman
Martha Friedman
Nina Berlin
Michael Ambroso
Nancy Lapp
Sarah Williams
Sara Lickey
Elizabeth Joyce
Sheila Bedell
Kathleen Connor
Robert Shoemaker
April Moore
Robert Bruner
Lester Shuda
Sharon Levin
Julia Nakhleh
Helen Kennedy
Rebecca Beemer
Dennis Kauffman
Kelly Waters-Brzezicki
Etta Albright
2,481 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Terri Truchan
    signed 2022-05-14 12:25:23 -0400
  • M. Struble
    signed 2022-05-14 12:20:37 -0400
  • Katherine Fehl
    signed 2022-05-14 12:19:19 -0400
  • Richard Tregidgo
    signed 2022-05-14 12:16:30 -0400
  • Michael Burns
    signed 2022-05-14 12:10:36 -0400
  • Susan Newitt
    signed 2022-05-14 12:10:19 -0400
  • June Siegel
    signed 2022-05-14 11:53:17 -0400
  • Linda Young
    signed 2022-05-14 11:52:27 -0400
  • Mary Atchley
    signed 2022-05-14 11:49:26 -0400
  • Marcia Lehman
    signed 2022-05-14 11:46:37 -0400
  • Martha Friedman
    signed 2022-05-14 11:43:26 -0400
  • Nina Berlin
    signed 2022-05-14 11:40:39 -0400
  • Michael Ambroso
    signed 2022-05-14 11:40:21 -0400
  • Nancy Lapp
    signed 2022-05-14 11:37:26 -0400
  • Sarah Williams
    signed 2022-05-14 11:37:11 -0400
  • Sara Lickey
    signed 2022-05-14 11:34:59 -0400
  • Elizabeth Joyce
    signed 2022-05-14 11:33:33 -0400
  • Sheila Bedell
    signed 2022-05-14 11:30:36 -0400
    Closed primaries are the reason I chose a political party rather than remain an independent: I wanted more say in elections.
  • Kathleen Connor
    signed 2022-05-14 11:24:43 -0400
  • Robert Shoemaker
    signed 2022-05-14 11:21:52 -0400
  • April Moore
    signed 2022-05-14 11:19:06 -0400
  • Robert Bruner
    signed 2022-05-14 11:14:57 -0400
  • Lester Shuda
    signed 2022-05-14 11:08:25 -0400
  • Sharon Levin
    signed 2022-05-14 11:08:08 -0400
  • Julia Nakhleh
    signed 2022-05-14 11:06:28 -0400
  • Helen Kennedy
    signed 2022-05-14 11:01:55 -0400
  • Rebecca Beemer
    signed 2022-05-14 11:00:53 -0400
  • Dennis Kauffman
    signed 2022-05-14 10:57:39 -0400
  • Kelly Waters-Brzezicki
    signed via 2022-05-14 10:57:09 -0400
  • Etta Albright
    signed 2022-05-14 10:56:50 -0400
    Is there a hard copy to collect signatures at county fairs etc?

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