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

Daryia Dinkins
Jana Fitzgerald
Jason Fitzgerald
Manuel Garcia
Francis Galvin
Stephen Bouikidis
Nowa Bronner
Karen Bowers
Jeff Babco
Scott Sangrey
Jim Altenbach
Laurel Sato
Maclain Todd
Brian Shingle
Catherine Mott
John Willover
Robin Werkema
Jerry King Musser
Lorna Benner
Ronald York
Anthony Lombardy
Sean Werkema
Cynthia Straight
Justin Allen
Bryan Reid
Danny Bauder
Charlette Stout
Donna Landis
Regina Kochmaruk
Kay Gehman
2,481 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Daryia Dinkins
    signed 2022-05-12 07:14:05 -0400
  • Jana Fitzgerald
    signed 2022-05-12 05:24:28 -0400
  • Jason Fitzgerald
    signed 2022-05-11 21:23:27 -0400
  • Manuel Garcia
    signed 2022-05-11 21:04:45 -0400
  • Francis Galvin
    signed 2022-05-11 20:20:13 -0400
  • Stephen Bouikidis
    signed 2022-05-11 20:03:21 -0400
  • Nowa Bronner
    signed 2022-05-11 19:16:34 -0400
  • Karen Bowers
    signed 2022-05-11 18:28:15 -0400
  • Jeff Babco
    signed 2022-05-11 18:27:24 -0400
  • Scott Sangrey
    signed 2022-05-11 18:09:35 -0400
  • Jim Altenbach
    signed 2022-05-11 17:47:55 -0400
    Don’t start flooding me with emails. I signed the petition and that should all be that you are interested in.
  • Laurel Sato
    signed 2022-05-11 17:29:44 -0400
  • Maclain Todd
    signed 2022-05-11 17:27:33 -0400
  • Brian Shingle
    signed 2022-05-11 15:58:43 -0400
  • Catherine Mott
    signed 2022-05-11 15:22:46 -0400
  • John Willover
    signed via 2022-05-11 14:21:03 -0400
  • Robin Werkema
    signed 2022-05-11 14:19:13 -0400
  • Jerry King Musser
    signed 2022-05-11 13:42:04 -0400
    I’m completely FOR this… however, I had better not get even MORE texts and phone calls about politics because I’ve signed.
  • Lorna Benner
    signed 2022-05-11 13:22:23 -0400
    Independents should be able to choose who they want to run in the general election!
  • Ronald York
    signed 2022-05-11 13:06:08 -0400
    It’s about time ND i THANK YOU !!
  • Anthony Lombardy
    signed 2022-05-11 12:03:14 -0400
  • Sean Werkema
    signed 2022-05-11 11:21:21 -0400
    In 2016, I changed my party affiliation to “independent,” knowing full well that I was sacrificing my ability to vote by doing it. It was a principled position; but at the same time, it was also a choice I should not have had to make: If Pennsylvania had open primaries, I could have followed my conscience without losing my rights. I wholeheartedly support #RepealClosedPrimaries!
  • Cynthia Straight
    signed 2022-05-11 10:51:00 -0400
  • Justin Allen
    signed via 2022-05-11 10:12:30 -0400
  • Bryan Reid
    signed via 2022-05-11 10:01:13 -0400
  • Danny Bauder
    signed 2022-05-11 09:43:40 -0400
  • Charlette Stout
    signed 2022-05-11 09:24:24 -0400
  • Donna Landis
    signed 2022-05-11 09:19:24 -0400
  • Regina Kochmaruk
    signed 2022-05-11 09:16:54 -0400
  • Kay Gehman
    signed 2022-05-11 09:11:12 -0400