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

Frederick Smith
Starr Cummin Bright
Maria Wedinger
Suzanne Borsch
Janice Magee
Lynn Cox
Christopher Handy
Sandra Strauss
Ashley Comans
Delia Veschi
Hannah Gudim
Marianne Doar
Julie Decker
Eric Kraeutler
Peggy Leimkuhler
David Buck
Madison Caufield
Heather Alvarado
Darrell Rapp
Myrle Newcomer
M. Freddie Dias
Jayme Lynn McIntyre
Lance LaRue
Alex Baugh
Justin Ruby
Katrina Clark
Mary Joscak
Ken Nagel
Rani Ahl
Ryan Ahl
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Frederick Smith
    signed 2022-05-06 16:37:31 -0400
  • Starr Cummin Bright
    signed 2022-05-06 15:46:22 -0400
  • Maria Wedinger
    signed 2022-05-06 09:35:49 -0400
  • Suzanne Borsch
    signed 2022-05-05 22:04:15 -0400
  • Janice Magee
    signed 2022-05-05 19:45:02 -0400
  • Lynn Cox
    signed 2022-05-05 17:18:10 -0400
  • Christopher Handy
    signed 2022-05-05 17:08:20 -0400
  • Sandra Strauss
    signed 2022-05-05 15:35:04 -0400
    My home state where I first voted had open primaries. I was not happy when I moved to PA and found I couldn’t vote in primaries if I registered as an independent, which I had done in the past.
  • Ashley Comans
    signed 2022-05-05 15:29:21 -0400
  • Delia Veschi
    signed 2022-05-05 15:09:00 -0400
  • Hannah Gudim
    signed 2022-05-05 14:40:49 -0400
  • Marianne Doar
    signed via 2022-05-05 13:39:33 -0400
  • Julie Decker
    signed 2022-05-05 10:49:32 -0400
  • Eric Kraeutler
    signed 2022-05-05 09:39:41 -0400
  • Peggy Leimkuhler
    signed 2022-05-05 09:38:04 -0400
    Let’s strengthen our democracy by allowing every voter to vote in every election! Independents are the fasting-growing voter segment and closed primaries bar participation – let’s fix this easily-addressable issue NOW!
  • David Buck
    signed 2022-05-05 09:34:10 -0400
  • Madison Caufield
    signed 2022-05-05 08:35:35 -0400
  • Heather Alvarado
    signed 2022-05-05 07:26:23 -0400
  • Darrell Rapp
    signed 2022-05-05 01:41:20 -0400
  • Myrle Newcomer
    signed 2022-05-04 22:42:16 -0400
  • M. Freddie Dias
    signed 2022-05-04 21:42:08 -0400
    I felt forced to register with a party just to participate in the democratic process!
  • Jayme Lynn McIntyre
    signed 2022-05-04 20:31:15 -0400
  • Lance LaRue
    signed 2022-05-04 19:20:14 -0400
    Decency and Democracy! 🇺🇸
  • Alex Baugh
    signed 2022-05-04 18:38:48 -0400
  • Justin Ruby
    signed 2022-05-04 18:17:43 -0400
  • Katrina Clark
    signed 2022-05-04 17:31:19 -0400
  • Mary Joscak
    signed 2022-05-04 16:59:32 -0400
  • Ken Nagel
    signed 2022-05-04 16:41:11 -0400
  • Rani Ahl
    signed 2022-05-04 16:24:21 -0400
  • Ryan Ahl
    signed 2022-05-04 16:20:47 -0400

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