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 open and free elections in Pennsylvania that lead to responsive and accountable government.

 

Who's signing

Elizabeth Stork
Stephen Hastie
Lynda Jones
Katie Kapusta
Kobe Phillippi
Ellie King
Robert McDevitt
Bibhuti Aryal
Jaclyn Belczyk
Samantha Laffey
diane reider
William Roll
Catherine Crouch
Marcus Sellers
Kerri Johanning
Robin Watson
Marguerite Anderson
Douglas Lander
Edna Scheifele
Greg LaRocca
Lindsay Willett
Susan Wright
Laura Fake
Debby Mayberry
Lawrence Arrigale
ann lee
Pam Magidson
Michael Tierney
K Abbott
Tracie Lear
1,837 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Elizabeth Stork
    signed 2022-05-17 08:45:54 -0400
  • Stephen Hastie
    signed 2022-05-17 08:45:51 -0400
    Will the two political parties really be willing to give up control like this? I’m wondering how realistic this effort is, even though most people support it.
  • Lynda Jones
    signed 2022-05-17 08:43:33 -0400
  • Katie Kapusta
    signed 2022-05-17 08:38:31 -0400
  • Kobe Phillippi
    signed 2022-05-17 08:34:09 -0400
  • Ellie King
    signed 2022-05-17 08:31:19 -0400
  • Robert McDevitt
    signed 2022-05-17 08:29:53 -0400
  • Bibhuti Aryal
    signed 2022-05-17 08:27:51 -0400
  • Jaclyn Belczyk
    signed 2022-05-17 08:27:23 -0400
  • Samantha Laffey
    signed 2022-05-17 08:24:03 -0400
  • diane reider
    signed 2022-05-17 08:19:17 -0400
  • William Roll
    signed 2022-05-17 08:17:28 -0400
    Closed Primaries are outdated and not beneficial. People shouldn’t be shoehorned to voting for one party.
  • Catherine Crouch
    signed 2022-05-17 07:44:33 -0400
  • Marcus Sellers
    signed 2022-05-17 07:09:32 -0400
  • Kerri Johanning
    signed 2022-05-17 06:29:11 -0400
  • Robin Watson
    signed 2022-05-17 06:22:52 -0400
  • Marguerite Anderson
    signed via 2022-05-17 06:18:43 -0400
  • Douglas Lander
    signed via 2022-05-16 23:47:45 -0400
  • Edna Scheifele
    signed 2022-05-16 23:24:12 -0400
  • Greg LaRocca
    signed 2022-05-16 23:12:18 -0400
  • Lindsay Willett
    signed 2022-05-16 23:12:03 -0400
  • Susan Wright
    signed via 2022-05-16 22:19:22 -0400
  • Laura Fake
    signed 2022-05-16 22:15:08 -0400
  • Debby Mayberry
    signed 2022-05-16 21:13:00 -0400
  • Lawrence Arrigale
    signed via 2022-05-16 21:12:44 -0400
  • ann lee
    signed 2022-05-16 21:06:51 -0400
  • Pam Magidson
    signed 2022-05-16 20:55:51 -0400
  • Michael Tierney
    signed 2022-05-16 20:49:47 -0400
  • K Abbott
    signed 2022-05-16 20:47:26 -0400
  • Tracie Lear
    signed 2022-05-16 20:32:19 -0400

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