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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2018 10:28 AM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola and Sen. Richard L. Alloway, II
To: All Senate members
Subject: Allow Independents to Vote in Primaries
In the near future, we intend to introduce a bill, which I have previously sponsored, to amend the Election Code to allow for registered independent or nonparty voters to participate in primary elections. We invite you to join us as co-sponsors.

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 November 2018 statistics, 1,227,673 voters in Pennsylvania are not registered with the largest two political parties. Our legislation allows for those registered voters to engage in primary elections.

This bill is similar to SB 280 from the previous session.

Introduced as SB357