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

Priscilla McNulty
John Linck
Gloria McHugh
Claire Vassil
Samantha Maloney
Gale Morrison
Sally Klein
William Madway
Patrick Christmas
Rebecca Marinov
Bruce Rhoades
Kathleen McAfee
jerry young
Ned Hoffner
Barbara Wetzel
David Kveragas
Joe Zoshak
Mary Kremser
Lonna Malmsheimer
Jen Rhoades
Jane Benning
Emily Lippert
Karen Calhoun
Cordell Affeldt
Pam Zimmerman
Jennie Sweet-Cushman
Lisa Kramer
Holman Massey
Suzanne Kasenic
Elaine Selan
2,481 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Priscilla McNulty
    signed 2022-04-27 11:12:41 -0400
  • John Linck
    signed 2022-04-27 10:49:50 -0400
  • Gloria McHugh
    signed 2022-04-27 10:44:43 -0400
  • Claire Vassil
    signed 2022-04-27 10:22:50 -0400
  • Samantha Maloney
    signed 2022-04-27 09:23:00 -0400
  • Gale Morrison
    signed 2022-04-27 08:53:12 -0400
  • Sally Klein
    signed 2022-04-26 17:29:07 -0400
    Independents need to be part of the voting process in every election no matter how big or small it is.
  • William Madway
    signed via 2022-04-26 15:38:19 -0400
  • Patrick Christmas
    signed 2022-04-26 14:52:33 -0400
  • Rebecca Marinov
    signed 2022-04-26 13:51:53 -0400
  • Bruce Rhoades
    signed 2022-04-25 21:04:00 -0400
  • Kathleen McAfee
    signed 2022-04-25 19:55:17 -0400
  • jerry young
    signed 2022-04-25 17:29:23 -0400
    we need to fix government and it starts w fairness and transparency in local elections
  • Ned Hoffner
    signed 2022-04-25 16:41:59 -0400
  • Barbara Wetzel
    signed 2022-04-25 16:06:40 -0400
  • David Kveragas
    signed 2022-04-25 14:27:44 -0400
    Primaries, let alone closed primaries, violate the Pa Constitution. The constitution makes no reference, let alone mandate, that there be a publicly supported primary.

    Also, if the primary is an election then it must be open to all electors as per Article 1 section 5.

    If the major parties don’t want “interference” in their nominating process then they are free to take said process private and foot the bills themselves, not at taxpayer expense.
  • Joe Zoshak
    signed 2022-04-25 13:38:50 -0400
    Time for PA to enter the 21st century.
  • Mary Kremser
    signed 2022-04-25 12:26:20 -0400
    We need open primaries and ranked choice voting.
  • Lonna Malmsheimer
    signed 2022-04-25 11:01:44 -0400
  • Jen Rhoades
    signed 2022-04-25 10:57:08 -0400
  • Jane Benning
    signed 2022-04-25 10:22:53 -0400
  • Emily Lippert
    signed 2022-04-25 10:01:15 -0400
  • Karen Calhoun
    signed 2022-04-25 09:41:32 -0400
  • Cordell Affeldt
    signed 2022-04-25 09:38:15 -0400
  • Pam Zimmerman
    signed 2022-04-25 09:30:11 -0400
  • Jennie Sweet-Cushman
    signed 2022-04-25 09:10:33 -0400
  • Lisa Kramer
    signed via 2022-04-24 08:45:45 -0400
  • Holman Massey
    signed 2022-04-23 19:35:02 -0400
  • Suzanne Kasenic
    signed 2022-04-23 18:55:06 -0400
  • Elaine Selan
    signed 2022-04-23 13:16:45 -0400