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

Carl Witte
Jennifer Leith
John Wright
R Denker
Jennifer Bullock
Aquil Jones
Alfred Wright
Chris Baker
Adam Forry
Rei Horst
John Miller
Rebecca Felten
Denise Portner
John Heapes
Louise Grim
Edward Gleeson
Ron Beitler
Lorelei Olivieri
Ken Bach
Patricia Bonner
Charles Reiss
Jesse Stowell
Robert Keith Fortner
Atmane Alouache
daniel thomas
David Stong
Kriste Lindenmeyer
Kelley Denny
Margaret Conver
Joe Saxman
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Carl Witte
    signed 2022-04-03 21:04:28 -0400
  • Jennifer Leith
    signed 2022-04-03 16:41:35 -0400
  • John Wright
    signed 2022-04-02 11:16:23 -0400
  • R Denker
    signed 2022-04-02 08:06:24 -0400
  • Jennifer Bullock
    signed 2022-04-01 13:51:00 -0400
  • Aquil Jones
    signed 2022-04-01 12:00:52 -0400
  • Alfred Wright
    signed 2022-04-01 09:33:35 -0400
    Open primaries are a must for democracy to function
  • Chris Baker
    signed 2022-03-31 18:08:27 -0400
  • Adam Forry
    signed 2022-03-31 15:57:17 -0400
  • Rei Horst
    signed 2022-03-31 15:51:53 -0400
  • John Miller
    signed 2022-03-31 15:34:33 -0400
  • Rebecca Felten
    signed 2022-03-31 12:59:44 -0400
  • Denise Portner
    signed 2022-03-31 08:48:04 -0400
  • John Heapes
    signed 2022-03-30 16:08:18 -0400
    I think your logo or literature should be more explicit by including the following phrase: Let Independent Voters vote in Primaries.
  • Louise Grim
    signed 2022-03-30 13:41:14 -0400
  • Edward Gleeson
    signed 2022-03-30 11:22:21 -0400
    hope
  • Ron Beitler
    signed 2022-03-30 08:58:39 -0400
  • Lorelei Olivieri
    signed 2022-03-30 08:43:38 -0400
  • Ken Bach
    signed 2022-03-30 06:06:58 -0400
    I am running for State Representative in the 58th district of PA and strongly support open primaries.
  • Patricia Bonner
    signed via 2022-03-29 22:16:59 -0400
  • Charles Reiss
    signed 2022-03-29 21:38:11 -0400
  • Jesse Stowell
    signed 2022-03-29 21:03:04 -0400
  • Robert Keith Fortner
    signed 2022-03-29 20:47:38 -0400
  • Atmane Alouache
    signed 2022-03-29 20:23:17 -0400
  • daniel thomas
    signed 2022-03-29 20:12:45 -0400
  • David Stong
    signed 2022-03-29 20:04:54 -0400
    This shouldn’t require any action on our part. The right of citizens of the United States to vote should not be denied.
  • Kriste Lindenmeyer
    signed 2022-03-29 19:23:09 -0400
  • Kelley Denny
    signed 2022-03-29 19:21:28 -0400
  • Margaret Conver
    signed 2022-03-29 18:58:14 -0400
  • Joe Saxman
    signed 2022-03-29 18:57:59 -0400
    OPEN PA FOR ALL!

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