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 ensuring independents in Pennsylvania have the right to vote in primary elections.

 

Who's signing

Edmund (Ted) & Susan Goldsborough
Carolyn Mather
Frederick Smith
Robert M Cohen Md
Tina Zane
Suzanne Ponsen
Peggy Curchack
Douglas Roberts
Constance Hester
Bryan Riffle
Jesse Slimak
Gabriel McGuire
Sonya George
Christian Clark
Sharon Keys Gray
David Lincoln
Joe Harden
Christine Mitses
William Haslett
Elizabeth Mark
Jason Vavra
Joan McGinnis
Karen Melton
Nancy Hanks
Brian McMurray
John Margerum
Carol Timko
Nerina Sivonjic
Phil Stoltzfus
Doris Panzer
2,781 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Edmund (Ted) & Susan Goldsborough
    signed 2023-01-14 05:32:18 -0500
  • Carolyn Mather
    signed 2023-01-13 19:56:10 -0500
  • Frederick Smith
    signed 2023-01-13 19:47:57 -0500
  • Robert M Cohen Md
    signed 2023-01-13 19:44:14 -0500
  • Tina Zane
    signed via 2023-01-13 18:43:05 -0500
    I am an independent voter!! I want to vote in the primaries. It’s more important now more than ever!
  • Suzanne Ponsen
    signed 2023-01-13 17:56:29 -0500
  • Peggy Curchack
    signed 2023-01-13 17:07:10 -0500
  • Douglas Roberts
    signed 2023-01-13 16:47:44 -0500
  • Constance Hester
    signed 2023-01-13 13:01:45 -0500
    Make open primaries independent of party affiliation. Vote for top 4 candidates using Rank Choice Voting
  • Bryan Riffle
    signed via 2023-01-12 22:31:22 -0500
  • Jesse Slimak
    signed via 2023-01-12 11:09:18 -0500
  • Gabriel McGuire
    signed 2023-01-12 08:59:16 -0500
  • Sonya George
    signed 2023-01-11 10:18:53 -0500
    I am a union leader at the cargo city airport in,Philadelphia Pennsylvania. And I am very supportive of our union member’s voters.
  • Christian Clark
    signed 2023-01-10 18:17:23 -0500
  • Sharon Keys Gray
    signed 2023-01-10 17:45:32 -0500
  • David Lincoln
    signed 2023-01-10 17:11:26 -0500
  • Joe Harden
    signed 2023-01-10 13:30:11 -0500
  • Christine Mitses
    signed via 2023-01-10 10:15:48 -0500
    It’s time to give all registered voters in PA the ability to vote in PA primaries.
  • William Haslett
    signed via 2023-01-10 10:00:59 -0500
  • Elizabeth Mark
    signed 2023-01-10 07:28:32 -0500
  • Jason Vavra
    signed via 2023-01-10 00:08:26 -0500
  • Joan McGinnis
    signed via 2023-01-09 21:43:24 -0500
  • Karen Melton
    signed via 2023-01-09 21:05:24 -0500
  • Nancy Hanks
    signed 2023-01-09 19:56:59 -0500
    Keep going~~~
  • Brian McMurray
    signed 2023-01-09 19:56:57 -0500
  • John Margerum
    signed 2023-01-09 19:53:56 -0500
  • Carol Timko
    signed via 2023-01-09 16:40:59 -0500
  • Nerina Sivonjic
    signed via 2023-01-09 14:11:00 -0500
  • Phil Stoltzfus
    signed 2023-01-09 11:36:04 -0500
  • Doris Panzer
    signed 2023-01-09 10:10:41 -0500

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