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

David Prewitt
Carolina Baltazar Edwards
Maureen Kelly
Raymond Beckler
Susan Wallace
Kate Somerville
barbara barnes
Ronalyn Sisson
Eli Gilman
Linda Moskal
John Farley
Elizabeth O'Donnell
Jerry Coleman
Barbara Panzano
Taara Green
Rebecca Spiegel
Jason Volpe
Lawrence Busch
William Haslett
Rev. Phyllis Harris
David Share
Kris Walski
Marian Wade
Seif James
Kevin Yeiser
Cara Leheny
William Rhodes
Betsy Wahl
John Irwin
Diana Mutz
2,193 signatures

Will you sign?

  • David Prewitt
    signed 2022-04-16 10:25:49 -0400
  • Carolina Baltazar Edwards
    signed 2022-04-16 09:48:39 -0400
    This is long time coming .Everyone should be able to vote in the Primary.
  • Maureen Kelly
    signed 2022-04-16 09:10:36 -0400
  • Raymond Beckler
    signed 2022-04-16 08:58:46 -0400
  • Susan Wallace
    signed 2022-04-16 08:32:01 -0400
  • Kate Somerville
    signed 2022-04-16 07:59:34 -0400
  • barbara barnes
    signed 2022-04-16 06:56:51 -0400
  • Ronalyn Sisson
    signed 2022-04-15 23:32:31 -0400
    Share this!!! Super important!
  • Eli Gilman
    signed 2022-04-15 22:52:26 -0400
  • Linda Moskal
    signed 2022-04-15 22:51:06 -0400
  • John Farley
    signed 2022-04-15 20:49:21 -0400
    Open primaries work. Non-partisan PA statewide elections also would work. Eliminate party designations and party labels on all PA elections except US President. Also “Jungle” primaries and run-off general elections work. Do all of the above. Thank you. John Farley, (Philadelphia)
  • Elizabeth O'Donnell
    signed 2022-04-15 19:05:59 -0400
  • Jerry Coleman
    signed 2022-04-15 18:59:37 -0400
  • Barbara Panzano
    signed 2022-04-15 18:55:00 -0400
    Not fair
  • Taara Green
    signed 2022-04-15 18:37:23 -0400
  • Rebecca Spiegel
    signed 2022-04-15 18:17:30 -0400
  • Jason Volpe
    signed 2022-04-15 17:55:01 -0400
  • Lawrence Busch
    signed 2022-04-15 17:50:52 -0400
  • William Haslett
    signed 2022-04-15 17:26:28 -0400
  • Rev. Phyllis Harris
    signed 2022-04-15 17:15:47 -0400
  • David Share
    signed 2022-04-15 17:04:20 -0400
  • Kris Walski
    signed 2022-04-15 16:59:20 -0400
  • Marian Wade
    signed 2022-04-15 16:58:29 -0400
  • Seif James
    signed 2022-04-15 16:55:31 -0400
  • Kevin Yeiser
    signed 2022-04-15 16:44:43 -0400
  • Cara Leheny
    signed 2022-04-15 16:40:43 -0400
  • William Rhodes
    signed 2022-04-15 16:38:27 -0400
  • Betsy Wahl
    signed 2022-04-15 16:34:32 -0400
  • John Irwin
    signed 2022-04-15 16:33:03 -0400
  • Diana Mutz
    signed 2022-04-15 16:29:42 -0400

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