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

Carol McCall
Michael Hamel
Timothy MacConnell
Jeff Ehrie
Jeremiah Smithson
Kristen Vieldhouse
Romuald Habersky
Patricia Smith
Laura Hussey
Pamela Bruno Bruno
Isabela Berg
Cassandre Conti
Nora McDonough
Jennifer Walsh
Eva Monheim
Lydia Hunn
Richard Harold
Mark Prince
Cathy Garrett-Davis
Marianne Maiolino
Danielle Scherer
Sherri Michalovic
Robert Mallard
fran hazam
Tracey olkus
Robin Weder
Mary Park
gilda johnson
Charles Day
Sandra Lewis
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Carol McCall
    signed 2022-07-27 12:51:08 -0400
  • Michael Hamel
    signed 2022-07-27 12:48:55 -0400
  • Timothy MacConnell
    signed 2022-07-24 12:10:13 -0400
  • Jeff Ehrie
    signed 2022-07-20 11:28:07 -0400
    It is not fair to not give the Independent party the same rights as the democratic or the republican . It is unconstitutional.
  • Jeremiah Smithson
    signed 2022-07-18 14:27:41 -0400
    Closed primaries exclude to many PA citizens! Let everyone have their vote, please.
  • Kristen Vieldhouse
    signed 2022-07-17 20:55:14 -0400
  • Romuald Habersky
    signed 2022-07-17 19:02:46 -0400
  • Patricia Smith
    signed via 2022-07-16 21:50:56 -0400
  • Laura Hussey
    signed 2022-07-16 21:19:45 -0400
  • Pamela Bruno Bruno
    signed 2022-07-16 09:03:02 -0400
    All citizens should have the freedom to vote in the primary elections as these are the elections that define the needs of their immediate communities
  • Isabela Berg
    signed 2022-07-15 15:22:12 -0400
  • Cassandre Conti
    signed 2022-07-15 11:48:11 -0400
  • Nora McDonough
    signed 2022-07-14 07:04:30 -0400
  • Jennifer Walsh
    signed 2022-07-14 00:27:44 -0400
  • Eva Monheim
    signed via 2022-07-11 19:07:01 -0400
    Let’s keep our democracy!! Let’s not allow others to take it away because of their desire to force their beliefs on others and create an autocracy.
  • Lydia Hunn
    signed 2022-07-11 11:12:18 -0400
  • Richard Harold
    signed 2022-07-10 12:48:43 -0400
  • Mark Prince
    signed 2022-07-10 12:18:21 -0400
  • Cathy Garrett-Davis
    signed 2022-07-10 12:17:48 -0400
    Every voter, regardless of party, needs to vote in primaries so that there is real choice about who could be elected to public office
  • Marianne Maiolino
    signed 2022-07-10 10:19:59 -0400
    I had to switch from independent just so I could vote in the primary. Yes, this needs to change!!!
  • Danielle Scherer
    signed 2022-07-10 08:05:42 -0400
  • Sherri Michalovic
    signed 2022-07-10 05:08:58 -0400
  • Robert Mallard
    signed via 2022-07-09 20:20:14 -0400
  • fran hazam
    signed 2022-07-09 19:53:32 -0400
    Independent voters in PA are angry when they get to the polls on election day and find they can only vote on Questions ! When they register NP they don’t read the fine print and realize they just relinquished their right to vote in Primary Elections for any candidates. They feel ripped off ! As they should . Time to give independent voters equal rights in Primary Elections
  • Tracey olkus
    signed 2022-07-09 19:13:02 -0400
  • Robin Weder
    signed 2022-07-09 18:47:21 -0400
  • Mary Park
    signed 2022-07-09 18:41:01 -0400
  • gilda johnson
    signed 2022-07-09 18:33:01 -0400
  • Charles Day
    signed 2022-07-09 18:21:43 -0400
  • Sandra Lewis
    signed 2022-07-09 18:20:06 -0400