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

John Miller
Rebecca Felten
John Heapes
Louise Grim
Edward Gleeson
Ron Beitler
Lorelei Olivieri
Ken Bach
Patricia Bonner
Charles Reiss
Jesse Stowell
Robert Keith Fortner
Atmane Alouache
daniel thomas
Kelley Denny
Jarrett Cloud
David Ross
J Scott Hillman
Maria Charlton
John Lubell
Anita Bower
James Zahniser
Michael Otten
Douglas McCormick
Joseph Palmer
Michael Cordaro
Tim Gorichanaz
Marijane Redmond
William Stauffer
George Patrick
4,184 signatures

Will you sign?

  • John Miller
    signed 2022-03-31 15:34:33 -0400
  • Rebecca Felten
    signed 2022-03-31 12:59:44 -0400
  • John Heapes
    signed 2022-03-30 16:08:18 -0400
    I think your logo or literature should be more explicit by including the following phrase: Let Independent Voters vote in Primaries.
  • Louise Grim
    signed 2022-03-30 13:41:14 -0400
  • Edward Gleeson
    signed 2022-03-30 11:22:21 -0400
    hope
  • Ron Beitler
    signed 2022-03-30 08:58:39 -0400
  • Lorelei Olivieri
    signed 2022-03-30 08:43:38 -0400
  • Ken Bach
    signed 2022-03-30 06:06:58 -0400
    I am running for State Representative in the 58th district of PA and strongly support open primaries.
  • Patricia Bonner
    signed via 2022-03-29 22:16:59 -0400
  • Charles Reiss
    signed 2022-03-29 21:38:11 -0400
  • Jesse Stowell
    signed 2022-03-29 21:03:04 -0400
  • Robert Keith Fortner
    signed 2022-03-29 20:47:38 -0400
  • Atmane Alouache
    signed 2022-03-29 20:23:17 -0400
  • daniel thomas
    signed 2022-03-29 20:12:45 -0400
  • Kelley Denny
    signed 2022-03-29 19:21:28 -0400
  • Jarrett Cloud
    signed 2022-03-29 17:47:21 -0400
  • David Ross
    signed via 2022-03-29 17:03:46 -0400
    If the public is pay for primary elections, then all of the pubic should have a right to participate.
  • J Scott Hillman
    signed 2022-03-29 16:53:09 -0400
  • Maria Charlton
    signed 2022-03-29 16:52:25 -0400
  • John Lubell
    signed 2022-03-29 16:40:10 -0400
  • Anita Bower
    signed 2022-03-29 16:28:04 -0400
  • James Zahniser
    signed 2022-03-29 16:21:00 -0400
  • Michael Otten
    signed 2022-03-29 15:56:29 -0400
    I’ve referred to close friends who live in Pennsylvania….
  • Douglas McCormick
    signed 2022-03-29 15:36:41 -0400
  • Joseph Palmer
    signed 2022-03-29 15:32:50 -0400
    As an independent, I am enraged every primary election since my right to vote is taken from me.
  • Michael Cordaro
    signed 2022-03-29 15:23:36 -0400
  • Tim Gorichanaz
    signed 2022-03-29 15:20:35 -0400
  • Marijane Redmond
    signed 2022-03-29 15:16:47 -0400
  • William Stauffer
    signed 2022-03-29 15:14:51 -0400
    What we really need is nonpartisan primaries (all candidates on one ballot and the top five go to the general election) but open primaries are a step in the right direction and will allow independents to have a voice.
  • George Patrick
    signed 2022-03-29 15:11:14 -0400

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