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

Maria Charlton
John Lubell
Anita Bower
James Zahniser
Michael Otten
Douglas McCormick
Joseph Palmer
Michael Cordaro
Tim Gorichanaz
Marijane Redmond
William Stauffer
George Patrick
Paul Myslinski
Scott Fiore
Ethan Demme
Rosemary delPino
Mary J Lyons
William T Doorley
Nicholas Booth
Debra Stewart
Eric Kille
Karin Tatum
Matthew Schultz
Joseph Antonellis
Steven Baksa
Floyd Titus
Anne Marie Hughes
joe bezotsky
Joan Becker
Matthew Mancini
4,247 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • Paul Myslinski
    signed 2022-03-29 14:41:52 -0400
  • Scott Fiore
    signed 2022-03-29 09:49:00 -0400
  • Ethan Demme
    signed 2022-03-29 08:29:13 -0400
  • Rosemary delPino
    signed via 2022-03-28 21:50:23 -0400
  • Mary J Lyons
    signed 2022-03-28 13:22:59 -0400
    I signed!
  • William T Doorley
    signed 2022-03-28 08:53:53 -0400
    I registered as an independent voter because I believe the two major parties have too much power. Opening the primaries to independent voters is a good step. Closed primaries only make sense when there are a variety of parties nominating a broad range of candidates. Unfortunately, the winner-take-all electoral system inevitably leads to the domination of two parties and a limited choice for voters. Until we can switch to some form of ranked-choice voting, which is already in use successfully in Australia and several US states and regions, open primaries will give some power back to the voters.
  • Nicholas Booth
    signed 2022-03-27 09:16:08 -0400
    Open primaries are vital in easing our state’s growing partisan tensions
  • Debra Stewart
    signed 2022-03-26 13:35:42 -0400
  • Eric Kille
    signed 2022-03-26 09:54:48 -0400
  • Karin Tatum
    signed 2022-03-26 09:28:45 -0400
  • Matthew Schultz
    signed 2022-03-26 09:02:38 -0400
  • Joseph Antonellis
    signed 2022-03-26 08:23:49 -0400
  • Steven Baksa
    signed 2022-03-26 07:27:10 -0400
  • Floyd Titus
    signed 2022-03-26 06:18:35 -0400
  • Anne Marie Hughes
    signed 2022-03-25 21:02:43 -0400
  • joe bezotsky
    signed 2022-03-25 20:48:55 -0400
  • Joan Becker
    signed 2022-03-25 17:43:12 -0400
  • Matthew Mancini
    signed 2022-03-25 17:22:21 -0400