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

Bertha Sarmina
Ethan Hill
Mary Alice Graetzer
Mark Burgin
Mary McKenna
Peter Smith
Daphne Hanford
Andrea Antell
Heidi Hayes
Talmadge Belo
Richard Bollinger
Amy Kleissas
Vincent Meyers Sr
Tom Cieslinski
Alva Barozzi
K Abbott
Robert Baldwin
Phyllis Reinhardt
Amy Allison
Stanley McFarland
Brian Swiderski
cynthia sewastynowicz
Elizabeth Schongar
Debra Becker
Rick Joi
Eileen Snyder
Barbara Scott
marian pflaumer
Kathleen Chandler
Jonathan Rossman
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Bertha Sarmina
    signed 2022-07-30 18:56:17 -0400
  • Ethan Hill
    signed 2022-07-30 17:47:00 -0400
  • Mary Alice Graetzer
    signed 2022-07-30 17:12:16 -0400
  • Mark Burgin
    signed 2022-07-30 14:42:07 -0400
  • Mary McKenna
    signed 2022-07-30 14:21:07 -0400
  • Peter Smith
    signed via 2022-07-30 12:19:39 -0400
  • Daphne Hanford
    signed 2022-07-30 09:00:21 -0400
  • Andrea Antell
    signed via 2022-07-30 08:25:09 -0400
    We deserve government that doesn’t exist just to preserve the status quo. Thanks for doing this.
  • Heidi Hayes
    signed 2022-07-30 08:22:10 -0400
  • Talmadge Belo
    signed 2022-07-30 06:17:15 -0400
  • Richard Bollinger
    signed 2022-07-30 06:03:50 -0400
  • Amy Kleissas
    signed 2022-07-30 05:35:30 -0400
  • Vincent Meyers Sr
    signed 2022-07-29 20:43:16 -0400
  • Tom Cieslinski
    signed 2022-07-29 18:22:42 -0400
  • Alva Barozzi
    signed 2022-07-29 17:58:25 -0400
  • K Abbott
    signed 2022-07-29 16:55:14 -0400
  • Robert Baldwin
    signed 2022-07-29 15:47:17 -0400
  • Phyllis Reinhardt
    signed via 2022-07-29 13:33:51 -0400
  • Amy Allison
    signed 2022-07-29 12:50:54 -0400
  • Stanley McFarland
    signed 2022-07-29 11:10:58 -0400
  • Brian Swiderski
    signed 2022-07-29 06:07:27 -0400
  • cynthia sewastynowicz
    signed 2022-07-28 22:10:56 -0400
  • Elizabeth Schongar
    signed 2022-07-28 22:10:38 -0400
  • Debra Becker
    signed 2022-07-28 21:47:12 -0400
  • Rick Joi
    signed 2022-07-28 21:20:22 -0400
  • Eileen Snyder
    signed 2022-07-28 19:42:59 -0400
  • Barbara Scott
    signed 2022-07-28 17:13:36 -0400
  • marian pflaumer
    signed 2022-07-28 16:19:37 -0400
  • Kathleen Chandler
    signed 2022-07-28 15:32:44 -0400
  • Jonathan Rossman
    signed 2022-07-28 13:20:41 -0400

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