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

Leroy Givler
Arthur Florio
Brian Magee
Khalif Ali
Carver Murphy
Thomas Quinn
3,804 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Leroy Givler
    signed 2022-03-22 14:51:21 -0400
  • Arthur Florio
    signed 2022-03-22 13:41:34 -0400
    I should not be forced to join one of two major political parties to have a voice and a vote in our Primary elections. Open Pennsylvania Primary elections to all registered voters!
  • Brian Magee
    signed 2022-03-22 12:56:57 -0400
  • Khalif Ali
    signed 2022-03-22 12:39:50 -0400
  • Carver Murphy
    signed 2022-03-22 12:33:20 -0400
  • Thomas Quinn
    signed 2022-03-13 17:27:04 -0400
    PA Youth Vote supports open primaries because many new voters choose to register independent for their first election and are excluded from voting in PA primaries. It’s a lousy introduction to civic life.
  • Anna Havrilla
    published this page 2022-03-07 17:50:02 -0500