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.
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