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 Hanau
Sarah Berndt
Johb Mullin
Corinna Wilson
Edward martin
Jason Wilburn
Lori Mitzel
Doug Snavely
Brian Carroll
Daniel Dromboski
Stephen Cygan
Elaine Olson
Diana Dakey
Alan Dakey
Beverley Rhinesmith-Pape
Jacqueline Rogers
Paul Eisenberg
Arlene Mercurio
Johanna O'Loughlin
Anita and Mike Soar
Marie Fulmer
Jeffrey Cooper
William Martin
Susanna Davison
Bonnie Ingram
Ann Grundstrom
Elijah Shekinah
Lisa Hyatt Cooper
Cordell Affeldt
Marijane Redmond
2,006 signatures

Will you sign?

  • David Hanau
    signed 2022-03-23 19:20:40 -0400
  • Sarah Berndt
    signed 2022-03-23 18:18:18 -0400
  • Johb Mullin
    signed via 2022-03-23 15:52:09 -0400
  • Corinna Wilson
    signed 2022-03-23 13:11:14 -0400
  • Edward martin
    signed via 2022-03-23 10:13:24 -0400
  • Jason Wilburn
    signed 2022-03-23 09:19:11 -0400
  • Lori Mitzel
    signed 2022-03-23 09:17:35 -0400
    Why do the taxpayers of PA pay for the D and R parties to hold party elections?
  • Doug Snavely
    signed 2022-03-23 09:09:42 -0400
  • Brian Carroll
    signed 2022-03-23 07:39:20 -0400
  • Daniel Dromboski
    signed 2022-03-23 01:50:31 -0400
    Closed primaries are a bizarre filtering step whereby a concentrated inside club of the most die-hard partisans of each major party come together to pick who they feel is best, before independents or less-hardcore partisans for the major parties get any say. By the time the general election rolls around, much of the steam of the nominees has been devoted to wooing one or the other of the major two parties. Independents and registered third-party voters are stuck waiting for the general election, where they will face a dilemma of voting for a third party (surely a spoiler candidate for the two major party candidates), or one of the two major party candidates they deliberately chose not to align themselves with at the time of their voter registration. Open primaries increase the likelihood that candidates with a broader appeal can make it to the general election. This reduces the chilling effect that keeps people from striking out too independently from either of the two major parties. And it can serve to reduce the deep, entrenched, and seemingly mindless polarization we see to much of in this country. Where you’re deeply blue, deeply red, or checked out because neither party cares about you. Instead, regular people who don’t invest themselves heavily in a major political party can have a say, and bring back common sense to our nominating process. A great step forward would be a top-four or top-five primary, followed by a ranked choice general election. That would allow third parties and independents to truly shine and go even further to reduce polarization and undue influence of party machines. Let the best candidate truly win. Not those who can survive the polarized political games that the closed primaries represent.
  • Stephen Cygan
    signed 2022-03-22 21:06:04 -0400
  • Elaine Olson
    signed 2022-03-22 20:57:59 -0400
  • Diana Dakey
    signed 2022-03-22 19:04:37 -0400
    Primaries matter and all voters deserve a say.
  • Alan Dakey
    signed 2022-03-22 17:20:22 -0400
    Without ballot reform we will continue to endure the intense partisan politics that halts the legislation we need to address serious issues that need to be addressed. Effective democracy is based on compromise and not the partisan politics we are now suffering from.
  • Beverley Rhinesmith-Pape
    signed 2022-03-22 16:43:53 -0400
  • Jacqueline Rogers
    signed 2022-03-22 16:19:28 -0400
  • Paul Eisenberg
    signed 2022-03-22 16:05:24 -0400
  • Arlene Mercurio
    signed 2022-03-22 16:02:03 -0400
  • Johanna O'Loughlin
    signed 2022-03-22 15:59:04 -0400
  • Anita and Mike Soar
    signed 2022-03-22 15:58:42 -0400
  • Marie Fulmer
    signed 2022-03-22 15:47:29 -0400
  • Jeffrey Cooper
    signed 2022-03-22 15:45:23 -0400
  • William Martin
    signed 2022-03-22 15:44:18 -0400
  • Susanna Davison
    signed 2022-03-22 15:37:25 -0400
  • Bonnie Ingram
    signed 2022-03-22 15:27:20 -0400
  • Ann Grundstrom
    signed 2022-03-22 15:26:18 -0400
  • Elijah Shekinah
    signed 2022-03-22 15:13:50 -0400
  • Lisa Hyatt Cooper
    signed 2022-03-22 15:02:46 -0400
  • Cordell Affeldt
    signed 2022-03-22 14:59:11 -0400
  • Marijane Redmond
    signed 2022-03-22 14:56:02 -0400