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Spotlight on Ballot PA and Open Primary Elections

by Berks Alliance

Berks Alliance will host “Spotlight on Ballot PA and Open Primary Elections” via Zoom on Thursday, June 6, from noon to 1 p.m.

Ballot PA is a project launched by the Committee of Seventy, forming a coalition of civic, community, and business leaders to allow independent voters to have a say in Pennsylvania’s primary elections. Led by David Thornburgh, the former CEO of the Committee of Seventy and currently a senior adviser to the organization, the effort is designed to have Pennsylvania join the 40 states that allow independent voters to participate in the state’s primary elections.

In April 2024, there were over 8.7 million registered voters in Pennsylvania, 1.3 million of whom were not registered in either the Democratic or Republican party. And in the April primary election, just 2.5 million of those who were eligible to vote in the primary actually voted. That’s less than 30% of the registered voters determined who would appear on the November election ballots.

There has been significant interest in creating an open primary system in Pennsylvania. At least three separate pieces of legislation have been moving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Five former Governors—Governor Ridge, Schweiker, Corbett, Rendell, and Wolf have joined the call for open primaries, and they have been joined by two former political party chairs, one Democrat and one Republican.

Learn more about this issue on June 6—what are the options, the challenges and the opportunities—when David Thornburgh joins us to talk about Ballot PA and Open Primary Elections.

Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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