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

Rony Ackerman
Donald Lutovsky
Molly Ellis
Barru David
William Harris
Andrea Green
Jeanne Wengrin
Martin Beatty
Kristin Wenger
Eric Wenger
Ashley Kahn
Jess Castro
James Herr
catherine goetz
Michael Dunnigan
William Swiernik
Courtney Maher
Warren Hoak
Sarah Stiles
Iris Ferber
Edward Chladny
Rafael Ruiz
Robert Barb
Mark Deckard
Charles Kramer
Nicholas Scianna
Donna Bonney
Matthew Keller
robert barnes
Anne Harvey
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Rony Ackerman
    signed 2022-05-10 10:48:25 -0400
  • Donald Lutovsky
    signed 2022-05-10 09:48:21 -0400
  • Molly Ellis
    signed 2022-05-10 09:28:37 -0400
  • Barru David
    signed 2022-05-10 08:26:09 -0400
    About time!
  • William Harris
    signed 2022-05-10 07:48:07 -0400
  • Andrea Green
    signed 2022-05-10 00:07:15 -0400
  • Jeanne Wengrin
    signed 2022-05-09 22:23:08 -0400
    I am registered ‘no party affiliation’ and this is what I always wanted – my one vote
  • Martin Beatty
    signed 2022-05-09 20:50:50 -0400
  • Kristin Wenger
    signed via 2022-05-09 19:40:57 -0400
  • Eric Wenger
    signed 2022-05-09 19:34:31 -0400
  • Ashley Kahn
    signed via 2022-05-09 18:49:53 -0400
  • Jess Castro
    signed 2022-05-09 18:34:57 -0400
  • James Herr
    signed 2022-05-09 18:27:15 -0400
    long overdue
  • catherine goetz
    signed 2022-05-09 18:05:42 -0400
    It is about time this issue gained more notice!
  • Michael Dunnigan
    signed 2022-05-09 17:53:23 -0400
    It’s about time!!! Do away with closed primaries!!!
  • William Swiernik
    signed 2022-05-09 17:36:26 -0400
  • Courtney Maher
    signed 2022-05-09 17:27:29 -0400
    I’ve been having debates with local state representatives for years and no one wants to touch this bill. Scared to lose votes for their parties.
  • Warren Hoak
    signed 2022-05-09 17:10:14 -0400
  • Sarah Stiles
    signed 2022-05-09 17:02:42 -0400
  • Iris Ferber
    signed 2022-05-09 16:50:18 -0400
  • Edward Chladny
    signed 2022-05-09 16:34:00 -0400
  • Rafael Ruiz
    signed 2022-05-09 16:17:26 -0400
  • Robert Barb
    signed 2022-05-09 15:52:47 -0400
  • Mark Deckard
    signed 2022-05-09 15:29:43 -0400
  • Charles Kramer
    signed 2022-05-09 14:02:41 -0400
  • Nicholas Scianna
    signed via 2022-05-09 12:58:40 -0400
    Everyone of age should be allowed to vote!!!
  • Donna Bonney
    signed 2022-05-09 12:32:10 -0400
  • Matthew Keller
    signed 2022-05-09 12:24:53 -0400
  • robert barnes
    signed 2022-05-09 12:08:15 -0400
  • Anne Harvey
    signed 2022-05-09 10:58:36 -0400

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