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

Debra Yohman
Donna Serino
Arthur Grim
John Caton
Giacomo Cristiano Sabella
Barbara Pearce
John margerum
Kevin Brett
Abigail Testament
Steve Bartol
Michelle Zimmerman
Logan Shreffler
Jim Malone
Debra Vlahakis
Briana Edmonds
Kathryn Grauer
Diana Parno
debra Fyock
Doug Baker
David Havrilla
Jill Diskin
Patrick Vivanco
Frances Baumgartner
Brian Mains
Christopher Francese
James Kulick
Beth Burton
Michael Allegrezza
Edward Albert
Heather Chirdon
2,258 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Debra Yohman
    signed 2022-07-06 14:46:14 -0400
  • Donna Serino
    signed 2022-07-06 14:43:27 -0400
  • Arthur Grim
    signed 2022-07-06 14:20:39 -0400
  • John Caton
    signed 2022-07-06 14:17:49 -0400
  • Giacomo Cristiano Sabella
    signed 2022-07-06 14:14:00 -0400
    No more voter suppression in Pennsylvania
  • Barbara Pearce
    signed 2022-07-06 14:11:00 -0400
    I support this but independents have done this to themselves. Have they never heard of changing their registration to vote in a primary and then changing it back for the general?
  • John margerum
    signed 2022-07-05 18:01:20 -0400
  • Kevin Brett
    signed 2022-07-05 16:45:37 -0400
  • Abigail Testament
    signed 2022-07-04 18:13:09 -0400
    Independents have a right to vote their choice like the other two parties.
  • Steve Bartol
    signed 2022-07-04 17:13:03 -0400
  • Michelle Zimmerman
    signed 2022-07-04 16:25:36 -0400
  • Logan Shreffler
    signed 2022-07-03 09:04:56 -0400
  • Jim Malone
    signed 2022-07-03 08:47:14 -0400
  • Debra Vlahakis
    signed 2022-07-02 10:47:27 -0400
  • Briana Edmonds
    signed 2022-07-01 23:16:13 -0400
  • Kathryn Grauer
    signed 2022-07-01 22:17:32 -0400
  • Diana Parno
    signed 2022-07-01 14:07:31 -0400
  • debra Fyock
    signed 2022-06-30 21:48:38 -0400
  • Doug Baker
    signed 2022-06-30 21:33:26 -0400
  • David Havrilla
    signed 2022-06-30 20:02:36 -0400
    Vets for open primaries
  • Jill Diskin
    signed 2022-06-30 19:52:20 -0400
  • Patrick Vivanco
    signed 2022-06-30 17:01:58 -0400
  • Frances Baumgartner
    signed 2022-06-30 15:16:28 -0400
  • Brian Mains
    signed 2022-06-30 14:17:25 -0400
  • Christopher Francese
    signed 2022-06-30 14:04:29 -0400
    Closed party primaries are driving political extremism and effectively disenfranchising independent voters. Open primaries would a great start to making our politics more functional and civil.
  • James Kulick
    signed 2022-06-29 20:56:07 -0400
    Two party system was never the intended way the country was supposed to grow.
  • Beth Burton
    signed 2022-06-29 16:43:12 -0400
    Don’t forget the forgotten population…… ex offenders…. they have repaid their debt to society…. they are people who have earned the right to vote as well….give a voice to the silenced ones.
  • Michael Allegrezza
    signed 2022-06-25 00:25:57 -0400
  • Edward Albert
    signed 2022-06-23 23:31:11 -0400
    Greatly appreciative of your efforts
  • Heather Chirdon
    signed 2022-06-23 10:55:51 -0400