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

Barbara Panzano
Taara Green
Rebecca Spiegel
Jason Volpe
Lawrence Busch
William Haslett
Rev. Phyllis Harris
David Share
Kris Walski
Marian Wade
Seif James
Kevin Yeiser
Cara Leheny
William Rhodes
Betsy Wahl
John Irwin
Diana Mutz
Derek Blanks
Walker Kmetz
Simon Kaufman
Tom Fileccia
Jack Igoe
Fran Klock
Sylvia Winfrey
Michael Schweisheimer
Randall Klock
Theresa Tsai
Ingrid Rosenback
Peter Franson
Janice Eastbourn-Bloom
2,481 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Barbara Panzano
    signed 2022-04-15 18:55:00 -0400
    Not fair
  • Taara Green
    signed 2022-04-15 18:37:23 -0400
  • Rebecca Spiegel
    signed 2022-04-15 18:17:30 -0400
  • Jason Volpe
    signed 2022-04-15 17:55:01 -0400
  • Lawrence Busch
    signed 2022-04-15 17:50:52 -0400
  • William Haslett
    signed 2022-04-15 17:26:28 -0400
  • Rev. Phyllis Harris
    signed 2022-04-15 17:15:47 -0400
  • David Share
    signed 2022-04-15 17:04:20 -0400
  • Kris Walski
    signed 2022-04-15 16:59:20 -0400
  • Marian Wade
    signed 2022-04-15 16:58:29 -0400
  • Seif James
    signed 2022-04-15 16:55:31 -0400
  • Kevin Yeiser
    signed 2022-04-15 16:44:43 -0400
  • Cara Leheny
    signed 2022-04-15 16:40:43 -0400
  • William Rhodes
    signed 2022-04-15 16:38:27 -0400
  • Betsy Wahl
    signed 2022-04-15 16:34:32 -0400
  • John Irwin
    signed 2022-04-15 16:33:03 -0400
  • Diana Mutz
    signed 2022-04-15 16:29:42 -0400
  • Derek Blanks
    signed 2022-04-15 16:27:17 -0400
  • Walker Kmetz
    signed 2022-04-15 13:50:34 -0400
  • Simon Kaufman
    signed via 2022-04-15 07:24:26 -0400
  • Tom Fileccia
    signed 2022-04-15 07:24:25 -0400
  • Jack Igoe
    signed 2022-04-14 13:40:49 -0400
  • Fran Klock
    signed 2022-04-14 12:12:07 -0400
    I definitely approve of this. My right to vote has been denied just because I may not be in a certain party.
  • Sylvia Winfrey
    signed via 2022-04-14 11:04:25 -0400
    I am an Independent and I totally agree that my vote should be included in the primary.
  • Michael Schweisheimer
    signed 2022-04-14 08:11:44 -0400
  • Randall Klock
    signed 2022-04-14 06:55:31 -0400
  • Theresa Tsai
    signed 2022-04-14 05:50:52 -0400
  • Ingrid Rosenback
    signed via 2022-04-13 21:49:12 -0400
  • Peter Franson
    signed 2022-04-13 18:37:09 -0400
  • Janice Eastbourn-Bloom
    signed 2022-04-13 17:36:57 -0400

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