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

Anne Smucker
Fernando Alarcon
Robert Urbine
Marjorie Blair
Abby Werlock
Mustafa Bey
Shannon Dice
Darren Ellis
Jerae Palmer
Olivia Swope
Stephen Colavito
Keith Bond
Kenneth Sisson
Jill Foster
Brandon Strobel
Bradley Petrohoy
Greta Harris
Craig Powell
Richard Ferguson
Keith Hurlburt
Cid Espinal
Richard F Shroy
Avary Arnold
Michael Miller
Andrew Caldwell
Daniel Wolkoff
Steven Slusser
Christopher Carlton
Jac Camara
Philip Donatelli
3,659 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Anne Smucker
    signed via 2022-12-02 13:51:30 -0500
  • Fernando Alarcon
    signed via 2022-11-30 15:53:53 -0500
  • Robert Urbine
    signed via 2022-11-30 15:10:33 -0500
  • Marjorie Blair
    signed via 2022-11-30 13:31:02 -0500
  • Abby Werlock
    signed via 2022-11-29 08:44:01 -0500
  • Mustafa Bey
    signed via 2022-11-28 14:08:29 -0500
  • Shannon Dice
    signed via 2022-11-27 19:56:08 -0500
  • Darren Ellis
    signed via 2022-11-25 07:33:34 -0500
  • Jerae Palmer
    signed 2022-11-24 14:55:50 -0500
  • Olivia Swope
    signed via 2022-11-23 19:54:05 -0500
  • Stephen Colavito
    signed via 2022-11-23 11:43:50 -0500
  • Keith Bond
    signed 2022-11-23 10:27:03 -0500
  • Kenneth Sisson
    signed via 2022-11-21 19:02:28 -0500
    This is just a beginning to what needs to happen to get rid of the two party system.
  • Jill Foster
    signed via 2022-11-19 09:57:27 -0500
  • Brandon Strobel
    signed via 2022-11-18 16:18:14 -0500
  • Bradley Petrohoy
    signed 2022-11-18 09:43:10 -0500
  • Greta Harris
    signed via 2022-11-18 06:41:05 -0500
  • Craig Powell
    signed via 2022-11-18 05:07:04 -0500
    I’m retiring to western PA in 2023.

    This limitation on my electoral rights MUST go.
  • Richard Ferguson
    signed 2022-11-17 20:35:26 -0500
    this is an absolutely disgusting practice that needs to end…the two parties have rigged elections in 9 states for far too long…the fact that i can’t participate in a primary because i don’t declare myself to a party makes me absolutely sick to my stomach…this country was founded on the basis of no parties and my voting rights are being stifled by these two parties…can you hear thomas jefferson and abraham lincoln rolling in their graves?…

    clearly us independents are the sensible ones deciding the actual direction of this country and if we can’t get this closed primary repealed, there needs to be a third option

    please sign this and end this once and for all!!

    or let’s start supporting more independent candidates
  • Keith Hurlburt
    signed via 2022-11-15 14:22:36 -0500
  • Cid Espinal
    signed via 2022-11-15 06:17:30 -0500
  • Richard F Shroy
    signed via 2022-11-14 20:20:59 -0500
    Let’s make it fair for ALL of us to participate in assuring that the right & proper leadership rises up, and is able to takes its rightful place to help us preserve this great nation!
  • Avary Arnold
    signed via 2022-11-14 17:31:37 -0500
  • Michael Miller
    signed via 2022-11-14 16:21:02 -0500
    Registered democrat, but independents should absolutely get a say in primaries.
  • Andrew Caldwell
    signed 2022-11-14 09:20:27 -0500
  • Daniel Wolkoff
    signed 2022-11-14 06:41:36 -0500
  • Steven Slusser
    signed via 2022-11-12 07:51:32 -0500
  • Christopher Carlton
    signed via 2022-11-12 05:55:28 -0500
  • Jac Camara
    signed via 2022-11-11 19:24:27 -0500
  • Philip Donatelli
    signed via 2022-11-11 07:33:21 -0500
    Independent registered Pennsylvania voters should be allowed by law to vote in the Primary Elections to support the best candidate from ANY party. That is why they register as an Independent voter. CLOSED PRIMARIES NEED TO BE REPEALED!!!!