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

Andrea Liess
Frank Petrini
Jo Wallen
James Clarke
Jigar Mehta
John Hart
Michael Burns
Zachary Fleming
Kao Wang
Bill Miller
Maria Kast
Matt Mahoney
jeffrey dillon
Ana Montalban
William E Fisher
Paul Bucher
Alex Upton
Nick Greeby
Timothy Hall
Douglas Hill
Al-Sharif Nassef
Roselyn Wilkinson
Anonymous
Ronald Feldman
Lex McMillan
Nancy Salkowski
Jacqueline Moore
matthew tighe
Ann Bobes
Thomas Long
2,193 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Andrea Liess
    signed via 2022-04-18 17:18:37 -0400
  • Frank Petrini
    signed 2022-04-18 17:04:48 -0400
  • Jo Wallen
    signed via 2022-04-18 16:12:55 -0400
  • James Clarke
    signed 2022-04-18 15:55:48 -0400
  • Jigar Mehta
    signed 2022-04-18 14:17:05 -0400
    All candidates, whether Ballot-Qualified Party or Unaffiliated, should be required to file nomination papers (not nomination petitions only) for the general election and obtain signatures from electors of the district equal to at least 2 percent of the largest entire vote cast for an elected candidate in the last election within the district.

    If not, then both political parties should stop complaining about fair elections in PA and admit that we are being ruled by a duopoly.
  • John Hart
    signed 2022-04-18 13:54:27 -0400
  • Michael Burns
    signed 2022-04-18 13:49:32 -0400
    Let’s GOOOO
  • Zachary Fleming
    signed 2022-04-18 13:17:43 -0400
  • Kao Wang
    signed 2022-04-18 13:00:17 -0400
  • Bill Miller
    signed 2022-04-18 12:48:57 -0400
  • Maria Kast
    signed via 2022-04-18 12:26:12 -0400
  • Matt Mahoney
    signed 2022-04-18 12:21:45 -0400
  • jeffrey dillon
    signed 2022-04-18 12:06:12 -0400
  • Ana Montalban
    signed 2022-04-18 11:41:54 -0400
  • William E Fisher
    signed 2022-04-18 11:39:26 -0400
  • Paul Bucher
    signed 2022-04-18 11:17:43 -0400
  • Alex Upton
    signed 2022-04-18 11:03:04 -0400
  • Nick Greeby
    signed 2022-04-18 10:58:48 -0400
  • Timothy Hall
    signed 2022-04-18 10:30:05 -0400
  • Douglas Hill
    signed 2022-04-18 09:23:46 -0400
  • Al-Sharif Nassef
    signed 2022-04-18 09:17:49 -0400
  • Roselyn Wilkinson
    signed 2022-04-18 09:07:07 -0400
  • Anonymous
    signed 2022-04-18 08:53:03 -0400
  • Ronald Feldman
    signed 2022-04-17 21:59:39 -0400
    Ronald A. Feldman
  • Lex McMillan
    signed 2022-04-17 07:39:37 -0400
  • Nancy Salkowski
    signed 2022-04-16 16:55:03 -0400
  • Jacqueline Moore
    signed 2022-04-16 14:40:57 -0400
  • matthew tighe
    signed 2022-04-16 13:28:17 -0400
  • Ann Bobes
    signed via 2022-04-16 13:05:49 -0400
  • Thomas Long
    signed 2022-04-16 11:13:52 -0400

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