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

Kimberly Kaplan
Terry Naigle
Mary Jo Crowley
Kenneth Williams
Nicole Tell
Bernadine Rider
James Kelly
Carrie Zahniser
Terry Seilhamer
Denise Seilhamer
Mark Loschiavo
Brent Groce
Anne Johnson
Loren Pearson
Margaret Turcich
Nich6 Bruno
George Hasenecz
Jason Stump
Rick Schwenk
Karen Miller
Jamie Gwynn
John Osborn
Kimberly Hollinger
Michael Lee
Nancy Colman
Kathryn Eberle
Audrey M Eberle
Ed Fleming
Ben Kuiken
Linda Easterday
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kimberly Kaplan
    signed 2022-04-12 19:21:18 -0400
  • Terry Naigle
    signed 2022-04-12 19:03:51 -0400
    It’s about time
  • Mary Jo Crowley
    signed 2022-04-12 18:48:37 -0400
    THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!!! PA needs open primaries
  • Kenneth Williams
    signed 2022-04-12 18:29:24 -0400
  • Nicole Tell
    signed 2022-04-12 18:21:13 -0400
  • Bernadine Rider
    signed 2022-04-12 18:06:28 -0400
    As a non partisan voter, my voice is not heard fairly in our election process. Let me vote in the primaries
  • James Kelly
    signed 2022-04-12 18:04:08 -0400
  • Carrie Zahniser
    signed 2022-04-12 17:58:38 -0400
  • Terry Seilhamer
    signed via 2022-04-12 17:55:24 -0400
  • Denise Seilhamer
    signed 2022-04-12 17:51:14 -0400
  • Mark Loschiavo
    signed 2022-04-12 17:39:13 -0400
  • Brent Groce
    signed 2022-04-12 17:17:38 -0400
  • Anne Johnson
    signed 2022-04-12 17:16:00 -0400
  • Loren Pearson
    signed 2022-04-12 17:06:05 -0400
  • Margaret Turcich
    signed 2022-04-12 17:04:47 -0400
  • Nich6 Bruno
    signed 2022-04-12 17:03:41 -0400
  • George Hasenecz
    signed 2022-04-12 10:09:55 -0400
  • Jason Stump
    signed 2022-04-12 09:20:19 -0400
  • Rick Schwenk
    signed 2022-04-12 07:04:27 -0400
  • Karen Miller
    signed 2022-04-12 06:15:57 -0400
  • Jamie Gwynn
    signed 2022-04-11 20:47:03 -0400
  • John Osborn
    signed 2022-04-11 05:47:39 -0400
  • Kimberly Hollinger
    signed 2022-04-07 17:51:31 -0400
  • Michael Lee
    signed 2022-04-06 14:37:29 -0400
  • Nancy Colman
    signed 2022-04-06 12:14:41 -0400
  • Kathryn Eberle
    signed 2022-04-05 13:39:49 -0400
  • Audrey M Eberle
    signed 2022-04-04 21:34:59 -0400
  • Ed Fleming
    signed via 2022-04-04 08:13:30 -0400
  • Ben Kuiken
    signed via 2022-04-04 07:00:50 -0400
  • Linda Easterday
    signed via 2022-04-03 21:26:22 -0400

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