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

Lonna Malmsheimer
Jen Rhoades
Jane Benning
Emily Lippert
Karen Calhoun
Cordell Affeldt
Pam Zimmerman
Jennie Sweet-Cushman
Lisa Kramer
Holman Massey
Suzanne Kasenic
Elaine Selan
Sean LaBar
Lauren Volz
Charles Weiss
Ken Klothen
Marcie Friedman
Eve Klothen
Suzanne Ponsen
Victoria Lipoff
Sarah Spiegel
Nicholas Harris
Ryan Godfrey
Leslie-Paul Jamerson
Alison Treaster
Stephanie Stahovic
Nelson Cooper
Teresa McNicholas
John Ragan
Betty Pickett
2,193 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Lonna Malmsheimer
    signed 2022-04-25 11:01:44 -0400
  • Jen Rhoades
    signed 2022-04-25 10:57:08 -0400
  • Jane Benning
    signed 2022-04-25 10:22:53 -0400
  • Emily Lippert
    signed 2022-04-25 10:01:15 -0400
  • Karen Calhoun
    signed 2022-04-25 09:41:32 -0400
  • Cordell Affeldt
    signed 2022-04-25 09:38:15 -0400
  • Pam Zimmerman
    signed 2022-04-25 09:30:11 -0400
  • Jennie Sweet-Cushman
    signed 2022-04-25 09:10:33 -0400
  • Lisa Kramer
    signed via 2022-04-24 08:45:45 -0400
  • Holman Massey
    signed 2022-04-23 19:35:02 -0400
  • Suzanne Kasenic
    signed 2022-04-23 18:55:06 -0400
  • Elaine Selan
    signed 2022-04-23 13:16:45 -0400
  • Sean LaBar
    signed 2022-04-23 03:31:05 -0400
  • Lauren Volz
    signed 2022-04-22 21:42:04 -0400
  • Charles Weiss
    signed via 2022-04-22 18:57:26 -0400
  • Ken Klothen
    signed 2022-04-22 17:25:34 -0400
  • Marcie Friedman
    signed via 2022-04-22 17:19:37 -0400
  • Eve Klothen
    signed 2022-04-22 16:58:57 -0400
  • Suzanne Ponsen
    signed 2022-04-22 16:09:23 -0400
  • Victoria Lipoff
    signed 2022-04-22 16:02:58 -0400
  • Sarah Spiegel
    signed 2022-04-22 15:48:31 -0400
  • Nicholas Harris
    signed 2022-04-22 14:49:37 -0400
  • Ryan Godfrey
    signed 2022-04-22 12:26:14 -0400
  • Leslie-Paul Jamerson
    signed 2022-04-22 11:55:00 -0400
  • Alison Treaster
    signed 2022-04-22 09:09:59 -0400
  • Stephanie Stahovic
    signed 2022-04-22 08:37:02 -0400
  • Nelson Cooper
    signed 2022-04-21 23:06:17 -0400
  • Teresa McNicholas
    signed 2022-04-21 21:40:56 -0400
  • John Ragan
    signed 2022-04-21 19:43:23 -0400
    Maybe in another 100 years, we’ll even get ranked-choice voting.
  • Betty Pickett
    signed 2022-04-21 19:14:12 -0400

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