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

Alex Baugh
Justin Ruby
Katrina Clark
Mary Joscak
Ken Nagel
Rani Ahl
Ryan Ahl
Eva Eckenrode
Rosalyn Metzger
Jenna Baron
Justin Villere
Cassie Rusnak
Melissa Dietrich
Bridget McCoy
Melissa Cordaro
Howie Brown
Kate Gascoine
Larry Newcomer
Joshua Blair
Josh Feldblyum
Lalaine Little
Mara Chaiken
Olga Taimanov
Cynthia Myers-Long
Willem van den Berg
Elizabeth Matthew
Michael Freeman
Joshua Zissman
Lindsay Cashman
Marilyn Berberich
2,482 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Alex Baugh
    signed 2022-05-04 18:38:48 -0400
  • Justin Ruby
    signed 2022-05-04 18:17:43 -0400
  • Katrina Clark
    signed 2022-05-04 17:31:19 -0400
  • Mary Joscak
    signed 2022-05-04 16:59:32 -0400
  • Ken Nagel
    signed 2022-05-04 16:41:11 -0400
  • Rani Ahl
    signed 2022-05-04 16:24:21 -0400
  • Ryan Ahl
    signed 2022-05-04 16:20:47 -0400
  • Eva Eckenrode
    signed 2022-05-04 15:20:43 -0400
  • Rosalyn Metzger
    signed 2022-05-04 14:21:23 -0400
  • Jenna Baron
    signed 2022-05-04 13:04:47 -0400
  • Justin Villere
    signed 2022-05-04 12:24:18 -0400
  • Cassie Rusnak
    signed 2022-05-04 11:12:03 -0400
    The right to vote should not be denied based on party affiliation. It’s time to repeal closed primaries and allow all registered voters to vote in PA’s primaries!
  • Melissa Dietrich
    signed 2022-05-04 09:50:20 -0400
  • Bridget McCoy
    signed 2022-05-04 09:23:38 -0400
  • Melissa Cordaro
    signed 2022-05-04 09:17:17 -0400
  • Howie Brown
    signed via 2022-05-04 08:39:42 -0400
  • Kate Gascoine
    signed 2022-05-04 08:17:52 -0400
  • Larry Newcomer
    signed 2022-05-04 07:57:58 -0400
  • Joshua Blair
    signed via 2022-05-04 07:47:11 -0400
    This would be great I changed my registered voting from independent just so I could vote in primaries. I don’t feel I fall on either side red or blue and quite frankly it should be illegal to deny the right to vote to a citizen on any level due to political affiliation.
  • Josh Feldblyum
    signed 2022-05-04 07:33:59 -0400
    No one should be denied their EQUAL voting power just because they refuse to join one of two clubs which each only represent a minority of voters
  • Lalaine Little
    signed 2022-05-04 06:32:04 -0400
  • Mara Chaiken
    signed 2022-05-04 01:25:47 -0400
    It’s ridiculous that people aren’t allowed to vote in the primaries just because they aren’t Democrat or Republican! Everyone should have a say in who will represent them.
  • Olga Taimanov
    signed 2022-05-03 22:48:28 -0400
  • Cynthia Myers-Long
    signed via 2022-05-03 22:11:11 -0400
  • Willem van den Berg
    signed 2022-05-03 22:10:57 -0400
  • Elizabeth Matthew
    signed via 2022-05-03 21:30:14 -0400
  • Michael Freeman
    signed 2022-05-03 21:29:25 -0400
    We have constitutional rights to vote !!!
  • Joshua Zissman
    signed 2022-05-03 21:25:04 -0400
  • Lindsay Cashman
    signed 2022-05-03 21:21:38 -0400
  • Marilyn Berberich
    signed 2022-05-03 20:15:40 -0400
    Let’s get this done! We need to have candidates who don’t feel compelled to appeal to the more extreme side of their party and fan the flames of polarization.