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

Sophia Videva
Patricia Chesko
Carrie Church
Cassie Conti
Daniela Cabrerizo
Aaron Kennedy
Robert Kistler
Alexander Riccio
Sharon Kistler
james donnelly
Frank Kurtik
Mark Holland
Thomas Rufe
Kathie Goodrow
Rachel Pool
Dominic Bonitatis
Robert Levins
India Hunter
Lorraine Bock
Bradford Booth
Virginia Osterman
Phyllis Ferry
William Miller
Deric Lyon
Bradley Wilson
Richard Matson
Alexis Schell
Patricia Fitzgerald
Sharon Forte
Anne Lynn
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Sophia Videva
    signed 2022-05-18 07:10:40 -0400
  • Patricia Chesko
    signed 2022-05-18 07:00:18 -0400
  • Carrie Church
    signed 2022-05-17 22:33:26 -0400
  • Cassie Conti
    signed 2022-05-17 22:17:18 -0400
  • Daniela Cabrerizo
    signed via 2022-05-17 21:50:15 -0400
    We experience this when we lived in a different state and it allowed less extreme candidates go through and gave moderates a bigger chance.
  • Aaron Kennedy
    signed 2022-05-17 21:27:32 -0400
  • Robert Kistler
    signed via 2022-05-17 20:52:48 -0400
  • Alexander Riccio
    signed 2022-05-17 20:43:49 -0400
    Political parties are the antithesis of true democracy. Every voter ought to think for him or herself.
  • Sharon Kistler
    signed 2022-05-17 20:41:27 -0400
  • james donnelly
    signed 2022-05-17 20:32:25 -0400
  • Frank Kurtik
    signed 2022-05-17 20:19:29 -0400
  • Mark Holland
    signed 2022-05-17 19:55:11 -0400
  • Thomas Rufe
    signed 2022-05-17 19:03:18 -0400
  • Kathie Goodrow
    signed 2022-05-17 18:57:34 -0400
  • Rachel Pool
    signed via 2022-05-17 18:56:10 -0400
  • Dominic Bonitatis
    signed 2022-05-17 18:49:46 -0400
    This should be open to independents
  • Robert Levins
    signed 2022-05-17 18:37:38 -0400
    Why do independent Voters have no voice in Pa Primaries
  • India Hunter
    signed 2022-05-17 18:23:02 -0400
  • Lorraine Bock
    signed 2022-05-17 17:49:39 -0400
  • Bradford Booth
    signed 2022-05-17 17:48:54 -0400
    I am new to the state. I am a registered Democrat voting the Democratic ticket today, 5-17-22, PA Primary Voting Day. I did not know until now that registered Independents are not allowed to vote today. I am horrified. I encourage my legislators to change this immediately.
  • Virginia Osterman
    signed 2022-05-17 17:48:19 -0400
  • Phyllis Ferry
    signed 2022-05-17 17:46:20 -0400
  • William Miller
    signed 2022-05-17 17:44:03 -0400
    Thank you!
  • Deric Lyon
    signed 2022-05-17 17:33:17 -0400
  • Bradley Wilson
    signed 2022-05-17 17:04:16 -0400
  • Richard Matson
    signed 2022-05-17 17:02:27 -0400
  • Alexis Schell
    signed 2022-05-17 16:43:39 -0400
  • Patricia Fitzgerald
    signed 2022-05-17 16:27:07 -0400
  • Sharon Forte
    signed 2022-05-17 15:39:54 -0400
  • Anne Lynn
    signed 2022-05-17 14:42:08 -0400