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

Nicholas Booth
Robert Fulton
Martin C . Karchner
Debra Stewart
Eric Kille
Karin Tatum
Matthew Schultz
Joseph Antonellis
Steven Baksa
Floyd Titus
Anne Marie Hughes
joe bezotsky
Joan Becker
Matthew Mancini
Maureen O’Connell
Stephanie Reid
Lissa Morinsky
Caroline Boyce
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
2,481 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Nicholas Booth
    signed 2022-03-27 09:16:08 -0400
    Open primaries are vital in easing our state’s growing partisan tensions
  • Robert Fulton
    signed 2022-03-26 16:43:52 -0400
  • Martin C . Karchner
    signed 2022-03-26 14:15:27 -0400
    It’s time to get rid of the closed primary in this Commonwealth and make the primary open to all taxpayers!!
  • Debra Stewart
    signed 2022-03-26 13:35:42 -0400
  • Eric Kille
    signed 2022-03-26 09:54:48 -0400
  • Karin Tatum
    signed 2022-03-26 09:28:45 -0400
  • Matthew Schultz
    signed 2022-03-26 09:02:38 -0400
  • Joseph Antonellis
    signed 2022-03-26 08:23:49 -0400
  • Steven Baksa
    signed 2022-03-26 07:27:10 -0400
  • Floyd Titus
    signed 2022-03-26 06:18:35 -0400
  • Anne Marie Hughes
    signed 2022-03-25 21:02:43 -0400
  • joe bezotsky
    signed 2022-03-25 20:48:55 -0400
  • Joan Becker
    signed 2022-03-25 17:43:12 -0400
  • Matthew Mancini
    signed 2022-03-25 17:22:21 -0400
  • Maureen O’Connell
    signed 2022-03-25 17:14:21 -0400
  • Stephanie Reid
    signed 2022-03-25 16:47:46 -0400
  • Lissa Morinsky
    signed 2022-03-25 15:16:25 -0400
  • Caroline Boyce
    signed 2022-03-24 23:09:00 -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

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