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

Katelyn Haas-Conrad
Maria Marsico
Kathleen Cole
Richard Schaeffer
Barbara Pearce
Rosemary Chidester
Ross Mann
Lillian Grieco
Rhonda White
Frank Evelhoch II
Samuel Bressi
Thomas P Ciaverelli
Neil Belliveau for PA State Rep Dist 91
Peter Lewis
Ann Hapka
Brenton Smith
Marge Opacki
Tracie Barnes
Micchele Roberts
Peter Adams
Lisa McElwain
Cynthia Dunlap
Carol Bagos
Jeffrey Hudson
Paul Dziewisz
Brian Jackson
mark steinberg
Arina Prakapenka
Kathleen Lininger
Amber Hamilton
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Katelyn Haas-Conrad
    signed 2022-05-19 16:10:31 -0400
  • Maria Marsico
    signed 2022-05-19 16:08:43 -0400
  • Kathleen Cole
    signed 2022-05-19 16:08:17 -0400
  • Richard Schaeffer
    signed 2022-05-19 16:07:59 -0400
  • Barbara Pearce
    signed 2022-05-19 16:07:54 -0400
  • Rosemary Chidester
    signed 2022-05-19 16:06:57 -0400
  • Ross Mann
    signed 2022-05-19 16:05:50 -0400
  • Lillian Grieco
    signed 2022-05-19 16:05:32 -0400
  • Rhonda White
    signed 2022-05-19 16:05:28 -0400
    this is SO overdue! Thank you!!
  • Frank Evelhoch II
    signed 2022-05-19 16:03:36 -0400
  • Samuel Bressi
    signed 2022-05-19 16:03:35 -0400
  • Thomas P Ciaverelli
    signed 2022-05-19 15:27:25 -0400
  • Neil Belliveau for PA State Rep Dist 91
    signed 2022-05-19 14:49:46 -0400
  • Peter Lewis
    signed 2022-05-19 12:49:35 -0400
  • Ann Hapka
    signed 2022-05-19 11:18:13 -0400
  • Brenton Smith
    signed 2022-05-19 10:45:18 -0400
  • Marge Opacki
    signed 2022-05-19 10:14:47 -0400
  • Tracie Barnes
    signed 2022-05-19 08:18:40 -0400
    I voted in primaries in GA and SC yet I lost that right when I moved to PA. Why?
  • Micchele Roberts
    signed 2022-05-18 23:26:54 -0400
  • Peter Adams
    signed 2022-05-18 22:21:34 -0400
  • Lisa McElwain
    signed 2022-05-18 19:01:25 -0400
    If Independents can’t vote, the primary elections should be paid for by the Republican and Democrat parties – not by tax money
  • Cynthia Dunlap
    signed 2022-05-18 18:13:17 -0400
  • Carol Bagos
    signed 2022-05-18 18:05:58 -0400
  • Jeffrey Hudson
    signed 2022-05-18 13:38:04 -0400
  • Paul Dziewisz
    signed 2022-05-18 13:32:20 -0400
  • Brian Jackson
    signed via 2022-05-18 13:25:46 -0400
  • mark steinberg
    signed 2022-05-18 11:42:42 -0400
  • Arina Prakapenka
    signed 2022-05-18 11:42:01 -0400
  • Kathleen Lininger
    signed 2022-05-18 10:34:26 -0400
  • Amber Hamilton
    signed 2022-05-18 09:56:52 -0400

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