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 ensuring independents in Pennsylvania have the right to vote in primary elections.


Who's signing

Tamera Sim
Paul Hoover
Brigid Murphy
Cory Spotts
Sharon Bruno
Sanjay Sharma
Jayne Oyler
Barbara Brenneck
Alex Duffy
David Griffith
William Flanagan
Bryan Dunn
Michael Tremel
Logan Durland
Allison Kelsey
Stephen Lawrence
Michael Hutwagner
John Glasgow
Eduardo Benevides
Isaac Breon
John Miller
Monica Rice
Brandon Boone
Dave Harhai
Tracy Gilliland
Joseph Alhadeff
Jeffrey Peterson
Jacqueline Johnson
Susan Ray
Frederick Hilliard
2,781 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Tamera Sim
    signed via 2022-12-27 18:53:08 -0500
  • Paul Hoover
    signed via 2022-12-27 12:09:05 -0500
  • Brigid Murphy
    signed via 2022-12-26 21:24:48 -0500
  • Cory Spotts
    signed via 2022-12-26 18:40:11 -0500
    It’s ridiculous. As long as we don’t vote in both, who cares?
  • Sharon Bruno
    signed via 2022-12-26 09:52:34 -0500
  • Sanjay Sharma
    signed via 2022-12-25 08:22:02 -0500
    Hey guys, mad Trump fan here, how you all doing?

    First Amendment rights for the win!!!

    Let’s get this thing repealed, because I WOULD rather vote as an independent than as either party, especially seeing shithead backwater retards coming out to vote for Trump and making us look bad.

    Conservatives like Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, lds, Russian Orthodox, and Roman Catholics are the reason why I stay under the Republican ticket, though I know Trump is his own man (and party) and LOVE IT and it’s the Trump party at this point.

    Let’s win this fight and revamp Pennsylvania!

    And let’s fight back at the dui laws shall we? I got a few ideas to speak to a representative of ballotpa about, but Wana keep it hush hush until further notice.

    Contact me when you can!

    Love you all too!

  • Jayne Oyler
    signed via 2022-12-24 11:15:21 -0500
  • Barbara Brenneck
    signed via 2022-12-24 10:17:54 -0500
  • Alex Duffy
    signed 2022-12-23 14:34:29 -0500
  • David Griffith
    signed 2022-12-23 11:53:33 -0500
  • William Flanagan
    signed 2022-12-23 11:53:18 -0500
  • Bryan Dunn
    signed via 2022-12-21 11:44:42 -0500
    Registered Libertarian
  • Michael Tremel
    signed via 2022-12-17 22:39:08 -0500
  • Logan Durland
    signed via 2022-12-17 10:18:08 -0500
  • Allison Kelsey
    signed 2022-12-16 12:21:13 -0500
  • Stephen Lawrence
    signed via 2022-12-15 22:22:19 -0500
  • Michael Hutwagner
    signed via 2022-12-15 21:59:20 -0500
  • John Glasgow
    signed via 2022-12-14 07:49:41 -0500
  • Eduardo Benevides
    signed via 2022-12-12 23:17:18 -0500
  • Isaac Breon
    signed via 2022-12-12 11:54:35 -0500
    I’m a registered Republican that is gearing more towards registering as an Independant.
  • John Miller
    signed via 2022-12-11 00:11:44 -0500
  • Monica Rice
    signed via 2022-12-09 22:49:48 -0500
  • Brandon Boone
    signed 2022-12-09 22:28:26 -0500
  • Dave Harhai
    signed 2022-12-09 12:43:40 -0500
  • Tracy Gilliland
    signed via 2022-12-09 08:16:55 -0500
  • Joseph Alhadeff
    signed via 2022-12-08 05:56:03 -0500
  • Jeffrey Peterson
    signed via 2022-12-07 23:10:15 -0500
  • Jacqueline Johnson
    signed via 2022-12-07 20:57:34 -0500
  • Susan Ray
    signed via 2022-12-07 16:55:13 -0500
  • Frederick Hilliard
    signed 2022-12-07 15:15:45 -0500