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

Douglas Smith
Derek Delgado
Laura Wolf
Paul Burrichter
Michael Moldavsky
Hilma Beuchert
Tia Sechrist
Bridget Clawson
Eric Stofanak
Joseph Garl
Tom Dixon
Dianne Suchodolski
Robert Solem
Anne Smucker
Vaughn Deliman
Fernando Alarcon
Robert Urbine
Marjorie Blair
Abby Werlock
Mustafa Bey
Shannon Dice
Darren Ellis
Jerae Palmer
Olivia Swope
Stephen Colavito
Keith Bond
Kenneth Sisson
Rodger Weir
Jill Foster
2,781 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Douglas Smith
    signed via 2022-12-07 09:17:57 -0500
  • Derek Delgado
    signed via 2022-12-06 19:18:06 -0500
  • Laura Wolf
    signed via 2022-12-06 15:26:59 -0500
  • Paul Burrichter
    signed via 2022-12-06 13:51:42 -0500
  • Michael Moldavsky
    signed via 2022-12-05 21:43:30 -0500
  • Hilma Beuchert
    signed via 2022-12-05 17:57:14 -0500
    Everyone should be able to vote in primaries.
  • R S
    signed via 2022-12-05 10:44:56 -0500
  • Tia Sechrist
    signed via 2022-12-05 09:56:43 -0500
  • Bridget Clawson
    signed via 2022-12-04 18:39:42 -0500
    Have always thought of myself as an independent, but have been a registered Democrat so I can vote in primaries.
  • Eric Stofanak
    signed via 2022-12-04 09:12:52 -0500
  • Joseph Garl
    signed via 2022-12-03 21:43:51 -0500
  • Tom Dixon
    signed 2022-12-03 13:09:25 -0500
  • Dianne Suchodolski
    signed via 2022-12-03 12:31:29 -0500
  • Robert Solem
    signed via 2022-12-02 16:21:11 -0500
  • Anne Smucker
    signed via 2022-12-02 13:51:30 -0500
  • Vaughn Deliman
    signed via 2022-12-01 08:16:59 -0500
    It’s about time we stop this two party rule!
  • Fernando Alarcon
    signed via 2022-11-30 15:53:53 -0500
  • Robert Urbine
    signed via 2022-11-30 15:10:33 -0500
  • Marjorie Blair
    signed via 2022-11-30 13:31:02 -0500
  • Abby Werlock
    signed via 2022-11-29 08:44:01 -0500
  • Mustafa Bey
    signed via 2022-11-28 14:08:29 -0500
  • Shannon Dice
    signed via 2022-11-27 19:56:08 -0500
  • Darren Ellis
    signed via 2022-11-25 07:33:34 -0500
  • Jerae Palmer
    signed 2022-11-24 14:55:50 -0500
  • Olivia Swope
    signed via 2022-11-23 19:54:05 -0500
  • Stephen Colavito
    signed via 2022-11-23 11:43:50 -0500
  • Keith Bond
    signed 2022-11-23 10:27:03 -0500
  • Kenneth Sisson
    signed via 2022-11-21 19:02:28 -0500
    This is just a beginning to what needs to happen to get rid of the two party system.
  • Rodger Weir
    signed via 2022-11-20 10:18:14 -0500
    I am one of the people that’s a voting-suppressed independent and have known for decades that closed primaries are nothing else but the legal form of voter suppression. I’m in for the repeal on closed primaries. It’s LONG overdue.
  • Jill Foster
    signed via 2022-11-19 09:57:27 -0500