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

Michele Homer
Michele Swab-Jones
Donald Noll
Nina Coffin
Alan Fels
Mark Stanley
Tim Pfenninger
Janet Stotland
Lisa Hatch
Eleanor Myers
Alexander Soroka
Barbara Gillespie
Benjamin Valimont
Carolyn Marvin
Clare Billett
Adam Butkus
Sunny Payne
Margie Politzer
Judy Depenau
Nancy Tate
David Drolet
David Butler
Terry Naigle
Brandon Gaither
James Holland
Richard Moriarty
April Schmitt
Susan Rowlands
Joseph Woodhall
Kyle Rosato
2,482 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Michele Homer
    signed 2022-05-02 17:05:38 -0400
  • Michele Swab-Jones
    signed 2022-05-02 13:11:16 -0400
  • Donald Noll
    signed 2022-05-02 09:36:51 -0400
  • Nina Coffin
    signed 2022-05-01 21:09:28 -0400
  • Alan Fels
    signed 2022-05-01 15:13:18 -0400
  • Mark Stanley
    signed 2022-05-01 11:39:03 -0400
  • Tim Pfenninger
    signed 2022-05-01 11:24:21 -0400
  • Janet Stotland
    signed via 2022-04-30 20:22:08 -0400
  • Lisa Hatch
    signed 2022-04-30 18:49:33 -0400
  • Eleanor Myers
    signed 2022-04-30 10:30:18 -0400
  • Alexander Soroka
    signed 2022-04-30 09:59:34 -0400
  • Barbara Gillespie
    signed 2022-04-30 09:26:47 -0400
  • Benjamin Valimont
    signed 2022-04-29 19:09:34 -0400
    We need open primaries to make our government truly represent the people of Pennsylvania.
  • Carolyn Marvin
    signed 2022-04-29 19:07:15 -0400
  • Clare Billett
    signed 2022-04-29 18:53:17 -0400
  • Adam Butkus
    signed 2022-04-29 14:10:14 -0400
  • Sunny Payne
    signed 2022-04-29 14:04:02 -0400
  • Margie Politzer
    signed 2022-04-29 11:40:23 -0400
  • Judy Depenau
    signed 2022-04-28 23:35:28 -0400
    Independent voters are engaged citizens and all are needed in our Democracy – together we are better able to address the challenges and opportunities of our time. Let’s move forward together in good faith.
  • Nancy Tate
    signed 2022-04-28 15:57:10 -0400
  • David Drolet
    signed 2022-04-28 15:30:30 -0400
    Independents deserve a voice.
  • David Butler
    signed 2022-04-28 13:10:27 -0400
  • Terry Naigle
    signed 2022-04-28 11:16:59 -0400
  • Brandon Gaither
    signed 2022-04-28 10:23:03 -0400
  • James Holland
    signed 2022-04-28 06:49:02 -0400
  • Richard Moriarty
    signed 2022-04-27 18:28:04 -0400
  • April Schmitt
    signed 2022-04-27 15:04:11 -0400
    I’m a PA poll inspector in Chester County 330. And I have always been against not allowing Independents to vote!
  • Susan Rowlands
    signed 2022-04-27 14:00:43 -0400
    I’m in full support of this – everyone should have a voice in all election cycles.
  • Joseph Woodhall
    signed 2022-04-27 12:53:57 -0400
  • Kyle Rosato
    signed 2022-04-27 12:34:34 -0400
    I support the open primary initiative in Pennsylvania. As of 2022, the idea of keeping primaries closed is an outdated and ridiculous idea. Time to drag Pennsylvania’s election system into the 21st century.