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

Lissa Morinsky
Caroline Boyce
Kimbel Metzgar
Pamela Susko
Joseph Ciurlino
Denise Pettit
Clifford Hess
Robert L Byer
Barbara Sonies
Paulette Montville
Martha Harris
Amy Agnew
Viktor Kagan
David Thornburgh
Anne Walker
David Hanau
Sarah Berndt
Johb Mullin
Corinna Wilson
Edward martin
Jason Wilburn
Lori Mitzel
Doug Snavely
Brian Carroll
Stephen Cygan
Elaine Olson
Diana Dakey
Alan Dakey
Beverley Rhinesmith-Pape
Jacqueline Rogers
2,193 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Lissa Morinsky
    signed 2022-03-25 15:16:25 -0400
  • Caroline Boyce
    signed 2022-03-24 23:09:00 -0400
  • Kimbel Metzgar
    signed via 2022-03-24 22:10:15 -0400
  • Pamela Susko
    signed via 2022-03-24 22:08:26 -0400
  • Joseph Ciurlino
    signed 2022-03-24 21:33:21 -0400
  • Denise Pettit
    signed via 2022-03-24 19:58:05 -0400
  • Clifford Hess
    signed 2022-03-24 17:16:44 -0400
  • Robert L Byer
    signed 2022-03-24 17:09:44 -0400
  • Barbara Sonies
    signed via 2022-03-24 17:02:20 -0400
  • Paulette Montville
    signed 2022-03-24 14:46:47 -0400
  • Martha Harris
    signed 2022-03-24 14:30:56 -0400
    Yes. This initiative is long over due in Pennylvania. Thank you for your efforts.
  • Amy Agnew
    signed 2022-03-24 14:27:20 -0400
  • Viktor Kagan
    signed via 2022-03-24 12:58:23 -0400
  • David Thornburgh
    signed 2022-03-24 12:50:11 -0400
  • Anne Walker
    signed 2022-03-23 20:43:17 -0400
  • David Hanau
    signed 2022-03-23 19:20:40 -0400
  • Sarah Berndt
    signed 2022-03-23 18:18:18 -0400
  • Johb Mullin
    signed via 2022-03-23 15:52:09 -0400
  • Corinna Wilson
    signed 2022-03-23 13:11:14 -0400
  • Edward martin
    signed via 2022-03-23 10:13:24 -0400
  • Jason Wilburn
    signed 2022-03-23 09:19:11 -0400
  • Lori Mitzel
    signed 2022-03-23 09:17:35 -0400
    Why do the taxpayers of PA pay for the D and R parties to hold party elections?
  • Doug Snavely
    signed 2022-03-23 09:09:42 -0400
  • Brian Carroll
    signed 2022-03-23 07:39:20 -0400
  • Stephen Cygan
    signed 2022-03-22 21:06:04 -0400
  • Elaine Olson
    signed 2022-03-22 20:57:59 -0400
  • Diana Dakey
    signed 2022-03-22 19:04:37 -0400
    Primaries matter and all voters deserve a say.
  • Alan Dakey
    signed 2022-03-22 17:20:22 -0400
    Without ballot reform we will continue to endure the intense partisan politics that halts the legislation we need to address serious issues that need to be addressed. Effective democracy is based on compromise and not the partisan politics we are now suffering from.
  • Beverley Rhinesmith-Pape
    signed 2022-03-22 16:43:53 -0400
  • Jacqueline Rogers
    signed 2022-03-22 16:19:28 -0400

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