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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 22, 2021 03:12 PM
From: Representative Jared G. Solomon
To: All House members
Subject: Open Primaries in Pennsylvania
In 2018, over 1.2M Pennsylvanians were not affiliated with either major party. This is an over 8% increase since 2014. Every year these numbers continue to grow. In fact, right now unaffiliated is the fastest growing political identification in the Commonwealth. While these individuals all pay taxes and fund our election system they have no voice in our primary system. This needs to change. 
My legislation would allow unaffiliated voters to vote in primary elections and therefore be full participants in the democratic process. A more open system encourages greater civic engagement, new ideas, and a healthier democracy. 30 states provide voters with a greater stake in their primary election than we do in Pennsylvania. Let’s allow taxpayers- who pay into the system- to express their opinion on who should represent them at the local, state, and federal levels of government.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.