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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 22, 2017 03:45 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Allow Independents to Vote in Primaries
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce my bill to amend the Election Code to allow for registered independent or nonparty voters to participate in primary elections. I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor.

The bill sets up a procedure for unenrolled voters to cast a primary ballot, by allowing voters not registered as Republicans or Democrats to have their selection recorded by an elections officer. That individual shall remain unenrolled for party designation, unless they choose to fill out an additional form after voting.

According to the PA Department of State's February 2017 statistics, 1,161,975 voters in Pennsylvania are not registered with the largest two political parties. My legislation allows for those registered voters to engage in primary elections.

This bill is similar to SB 90 from the previous session.

Introduced as SB280