Repeal Closed Primaries

Every spring, Pennsylvania's voters 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 independent voters are denied their right to vote in these elections, despite paying their share of $75 million a year to fund them.

It’s time to #RepealClosedPrimaries and allow every legally registered voter to cast a ballot in PA’s primary.

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.

Join the overwhelming majority of PA voters in favor of ending closed primaries in PA – add your name below to join the movement to #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

Karen Wertzberger
Heather Kershner
Brian Swiderski
Michael Crain
Nancy Hoffman
Stanley Horwitz
L Tuckman
Manuel Garcia
Deborah Maizer
Nancy Lucas
Robert Meredith
Muriel Lange
Vaughn Deliman
Kellen Cassidy
Donnan Stoicovy
Cletus Robb
Kathleen Bernard
Janice Nader
Diane Calvin
Elizabeth Frohnert
Robert McDevitt
Alicia Brown
Richard Weller
Lisa Irgang
Alan Pitt
Karen Spanton
Gary Catalano
Elizabeth Gibson
Marianne Monahan
Steve Bartol
3,804 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Karen Wertzberger
    signed 2023-08-23 08:48:52 -0400
  • Heather Kershner
    signed 2023-08-23 06:03:57 -0400
    Thank you for attempting this fundamentally correct process. I would also love to have the “caucus” abolished, to truly establish a fair and just voting process in USA.
  • Brian Swiderski
    signed 2023-08-22 22:19:20 -0400
  • Michael Crain
    signed via 2023-08-22 21:45:38 -0400
  • Nancy Hoffman
    signed via 2023-08-22 15:33:42 -0400
  • Stanley Horwitz
    signed 2023-08-22 15:07:26 -0400
    If the political party power brokers in PA insist on closed primary elections, then each party who holds closed primary elections should reimburse taxpayers for 100% of the cost of those elections.
  • L Tuckman
    signed 2023-08-22 09:33:51 -0400
  • Manuel Garcia
    signed 2023-08-22 08:33:45 -0400
  • Deborah Maizer
    signed 2023-08-22 08:31:13 -0400
  • Nancy Lucas
    signed 2023-08-22 08:30:21 -0400
  • Robert Meredith
    signed 2023-08-22 08:20:56 -0400
  • Muriel Lange
    signed 2023-08-22 07:27:27 -0400
  • Vaughn Deliman
    signed via 2023-08-22 07:13:50 -0400
    It’s about time we stop this two party rule!
  • Kellen Cassidy
    signed via 2023-08-22 06:42:49 -0400
    Makes NO sense why I as an independent can’t vote in a primary.
  • Donnan Stoicovy
    signed 2023-08-22 05:56:03 -0400
  • Cletus Robb
    signed 2023-08-22 00:55:28 -0400
    Finally,Independent voters may be able to exercise their Long Repressed Right to vote in primaries!!!!You can be assured that the Super PACs and Special Interests of the 2 Party Machines will fight against the Constitutional Rights we as PA Veterans swore a Sacred Oath to uphold at Our Enlistment or Commission into the U.S. Armed Forces!!!!Hopefully our State Representatives will Do the Right and Equitable implementation and passage of this proposed and discussed legislation!!!!
  • Kathleen Bernard
    signed 2023-08-22 00:29:04 -0400
  • Janice Nader
    signed 2023-08-21 23:45:54 -0400
    Nancy Forman

    Warwick, PA 18974
  • Diane Calvin
    signed 2023-08-21 23:23:43 -0400
  • Elizabeth Frohnert
    signed 2023-08-21 23:14:10 -0400
  • Robert McDevitt
    signed 2023-08-21 23:02:28 -0400
  • Alicia Brown
    signed 2023-08-21 22:49:46 -0400
  • Richard Weller
    signed via 2023-08-21 22:45:37 -0400
  • Lisa Irgang
    signed 2023-08-21 22:21:25 -0400
  • Alan Pitt
    signed 2023-08-21 21:53:28 -0400
  • Karen Spanton
    signed 2023-08-21 21:37:40 -0400
    Yes, let’s!
  • Gary Catalano
    signed 2023-08-21 21:33:08 -0400
  • Elizabeth Gibson
    signed 2023-08-21 21:33:02 -0400
    Please get rid of closed primaries!
  • Marianne Monahan
    signed 2023-08-21 21:31:02 -0400
    I believe everyone should have their voices heard in every election if we are a true democracy.
  • Steve Bartol
    signed 2023-08-21 20:38:58 -0400