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

Sarah Stulga
Greta Aul
Anyhony Barbera
cynthia saab
Stephen Connelly
William Schaeffer
Diana Krantz
Jeanne Bobenage
Max Bader
Jeffrey Manley
Theresa Hoffman
Lenore Wossidlo
Rodney Shoop
John Cullen
Karen Kirchdoerfer
Philip Serratore
John Dziak
Cheryl Rsmpelt
John Bryner
Kim Kiendl
M Ricco
Daniel Kelley
Pat Northeimer
DustyMarie Haberkern
Judith Gilroy
Glenn Nelson
Julier Kant
Lawrence Meehan
Susan Denaro
Lou Iatarola
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Sarah Stulga
    signed 2022-05-19 19:18:20 -0400
  • Greta Aul
    signed 2022-05-19 19:13:43 -0400
  • Anyhony Barbera
    signed 2022-05-19 19:11:27 -0400
  • cynthia saab
    signed 2022-05-19 19:08:12 -0400
  • Stephen Connelly
    signed 2022-05-19 18:57:24 -0400
  • William Schaeffer
    signed 2022-05-19 18:36:17 -0400
  • Diana Krantz
    signed 2022-05-19 18:17:48 -0400
  • Jeanne Bobenage
    signed 2022-05-19 18:03:48 -0400
  • Max Bader
    signed 2022-05-19 17:59:02 -0400
  • Jeffrey Manley
    signed 2022-05-19 17:48:10 -0400
    It is time we had open primaries in Pennsylvania.
  • Theresa Hoffman
    signed 2022-05-19 17:47:38 -0400
  • Lenore Wossidlo
    signed 2022-05-19 17:22:45 -0400
  • Rodney Shoop
    signed 2022-05-19 17:16:32 -0400
  • John Cullen
    signed 2022-05-19 17:13:24 -0400
  • Karen Kirchdoerfer
    signed 2022-05-19 17:08:55 -0400
  • Philip Serratore
    signed 2022-05-19 17:06:20 -0400
  • John Dziak
    signed 2022-05-19 17:06:20 -0400
  • Cheryl Rsmpelt
    signed 2022-05-19 17:06:10 -0400
  • John Bryner
    signed 2022-05-19 16:57:15 -0400
    This needs to be addressed. I hear it many times doing voter registration in Franklin Co.
  • Kim Kiendl
    signed 2022-05-19 16:49:00 -0400
  • M Ricco
    signed via 2022-05-19 16:42:40 -0400
    If not for closed primaries in PA, I would definitely be a registered Independent. Instead, I register Democrat just so I can vote for the progressives they’re trying to constantly throw under the bus (and who win their elections anyway)…
  • Daniel Kelley
    signed 2022-05-19 16:42:07 -0400
  • Pat Northeimer
    signed 2022-05-19 16:32:22 -0400
  • DustyMarie Haberkern
    signed 2022-05-19 16:29:29 -0400
  • Judith Gilroy
    signed 2022-05-19 16:24:53 -0400
  • Glenn Nelson
    signed 2022-05-19 16:20:20 -0400
  • Julier Kant
    signed 2022-05-19 16:19:32 -0400
  • Lawrence Meehan
    signed 2022-05-19 16:13:03 -0400
  • Susan Denaro
    signed 2022-05-19 16:10:57 -0400
    It’s time!
  • Lou Iatarola
    signed 2022-05-19 16:10:33 -0400

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