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

Debra Mahon
Benjamin Spicer
Miriam Rader
Jeanine Kowalski
Joel Garceau
Dianne Madray
Wanda Gropper
Stephanie McGregor
Sandy Stuhlfire
Alesha Baker
Cathy Peduzzi
Kali Smalley
Arthur Grim
Monica Weninger
Terri Purdy
Zach Thompson
Larry Rotenberg
Rochelle Kaplan
Rex DuBois
Sarah Johnston
Heather Calvert
William Kraut
David Thun
Courtney Knight
Theresa Rang
Jaime Filipek
Evangelos Hronis
Julie Mikus
Ian Johnston
Anthony Polacci
2,193 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Debra Mahon
    signed via 2022-04-21 17:22:46 -0400
  • Benjamin Spicer
    signed 2022-04-21 17:10:43 -0400
    How do closed elections even still exist? We need to fix this.
  • Miriam Rader
    signed 2022-04-21 16:56:48 -0400
  • Jeanine Kowalski
    signed 2022-04-21 16:56:43 -0400
  • Joel Garceau
    signed 2022-04-21 16:45:49 -0400
  • Dianne Madray
    signed 2022-04-21 12:30:22 -0400
    No one should be left behind. Every Voice matters.
  • Wanda Gropper
    signed 2022-04-21 12:24:33 -0400
  • Stephanie McGregor
    signed 2022-04-20 19:50:58 -0400
  • Sandy Stuhlfire
    signed 2022-04-20 14:13:55 -0400
  • Alesha Baker
    signed 2022-04-20 10:05:05 -0400
  • Cathy Peduzzi
    signed 2022-04-20 08:34:06 -0400
  • Kali Smalley
    signed 2022-04-20 07:33:38 -0400
  • Arthur Grim
    signed via 2022-04-19 21:27:01 -0400
  • Monica Weninger
    signed 2022-04-19 19:25:02 -0400
  • Terri Purdy
    signed via 2022-04-19 18:17:54 -0400
  • Zach Thompson
    signed 2022-04-19 17:43:37 -0400
  • Larry Rotenberg
    signed via 2022-04-19 16:59:57 -0400
  • Rochelle Kaplan
    signed 2022-04-19 16:51:53 -0400
    There is no question Pennsylvania has to open its primary elections. 1.1 million voters should not be denied the franchise. Full stop!
  • Rex DuBois
    signed 2022-04-19 16:27:52 -0400
  • Sarah Johnston
    signed 2022-04-19 14:41:49 -0400
  • Heather Calvert
    signed 2022-04-19 14:23:52 -0400
  • William Kraut
    signed 2022-04-19 12:59:03 -0400
  • David Thun
    signed 2022-04-19 12:51:47 -0400
  • Courtney Knight
    signed 2022-04-19 12:20:19 -0400
  • Theresa Rang
    signed 2022-04-19 10:56:03 -0400
  • Jaime Filipek
    signed 2022-04-19 09:20:36 -0400
  • Evangelos Hronis
    signed 2022-04-18 23:57:04 -0400
  • Julie Mikus
    signed via 2022-04-18 22:19:33 -0400
  • Ian Johnston
    signed 2022-04-18 18:18:09 -0400
  • Anthony Polacci
    signed 2022-04-18 18:17:40 -0400
    I’d switch back to Independent if I could vote in the primaries.

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