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

Alex John
Richard Stuempfle
Jeffrey Trump
Susan Long
Vivian Long
Ron Bednar
Tracy Caricato
Wayne Reinert
Bailey Yordnoff
Kammal Baker
Peter Van Wort
Tammi McVay
Dawn Sartori
Kyle B.
Robin Walla
Brian Van der Woude
Liz Brass
Dale Walters
Danika Grieser
Phil Krachun
Denise Shelton
Ben Aaron
Barry Paripsky
Melissa Khoury
Kyle Kropf
Robin Zoufalik
Jacqueline Chesney
Matthew Silverhardt
Matthew Egbert
Kenneth Lepley
3,659 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Alex John
    signed via 2022-11-11 06:58:19 -0500
  • Richard Stuempfle
    signed via 2022-11-10 19:30:32 -0500
  • Jeffrey Trump
    signed 2022-11-10 18:28:10 -0500
  • Susan Long
    signed 2022-11-09 20:58:25 -0500
  • Vivian Long
    signed 2022-11-09 20:55:50 -0500
  • Ron Bednar
    signed 2022-11-08 13:24:17 -0500
  • Tracy Caricato
    signed via 2022-11-05 19:38:57 -0400
  • Wayne Reinert
    signed via 2022-11-05 19:00:48 -0400
  • Bailey Yordnoff
    signed via 2022-11-04 15:34:37 -0400
  • Kammal Baker
    signed via 2022-11-04 07:24:24 -0400
  • Peter Van Wort
    signed via 2022-11-03 10:48:07 -0400
  • Tammi McVay
    signed via 2022-11-03 07:40:04 -0400
    I’m registered Republican, but at this point I really am tired of the nonsense between the two “big dog” parties in this country. The only reason I’m still registered as a Republican is because I wont be allowed to vote in ALL elections, which is a total sham. This “rule” of no other parties being able to vote in all elections is a total sham -
  • Dawn Sartori
    signed 2022-11-02 21:46:45 -0400
  • Kyle B.
    signed via 2022-11-02 10:02:27 -0400
  • Robin Walla
    signed via 2022-11-02 09:56:46 -0400
  • Brian Van der Woude
    signed via 2022-11-02 06:36:25 -0400
  • Liz Brass
    signed via 2022-11-01 21:57:47 -0400
  • Dale Walters
    signed via 2022-11-01 14:17:11 -0400
  • Danika Grieser
    signed 2022-11-01 10:13:29 -0400
  • Phil Krachun
    signed via 2022-10-31 17:01:11 -0400
    In a state where two major parties get to pass laws that prevent ballot access to independents and third parties, those parties need a chance to impact policy. Our taxes pay the costs of those primaries, even when groups like the libertarian party assume those costs privately through convention (as opposed to publicly financed primary systems).
  • Denise Shelton
    signed via 2022-10-31 10:10:11 -0400
  • Ben Aaron
    signed 2022-10-30 20:16:59 -0400
  • Barry Paripsky
    signed via 2022-10-30 09:33:17 -0400
  • Melissa Khoury
    signed via 2022-10-29 23:09:02 -0400
  • Kyle Kropf
    signed via 2022-10-29 12:32:26 -0400
  • Robin Zoufalik
    signed 2022-10-26 17:39:50 -0400
  • Jacqueline Chesney
    signed via 2022-10-26 11:26:11 -0400
  • Matthew Silverhardt
    signed via 2022-10-25 20:00:42 -0400
  • Matthew Egbert
    signed via 2022-10-25 19:36:32 -0400
    I have always thought that the political part system is one if the biggest issues with government in this country. Shutting out those of us that choose not to affiliate with a party from the primaries I feel is dangerously close to discrimination. It most definitely needs to be changed.
  • Kenneth Lepley
    signed via 2022-10-25 07:23:08 -0400