"I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. "
--George Washington's Farewell Address
Pennsylvania is one of 17 states without some form of open primaries. As tax payers, we pay for the primary system for the two parties, however, we are excluded from the process. Help us get open primaries on the agenda in the Pennsylvania house!
Members and supporters of Independent Pennsylvanians, a state based association representing the voting rights of unaffiliated voters, will hold informational pickets at poll sites around the state on primary day, May 20, 2014, to dramatize Pennsylvania’s closed primary system -- a state run and taxpayer funded system. For more information...
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We're surveying voters of Pennsylvania about your thoughts around out political system and get your opinions around what is important and relevant to voters needs. TAKE the SURVEY NOW!
Independent Pennsylvanians collaborate with Penn State Independents!
Independent Pennsylvanians is teaming up with The College Independents (based out of Penn State) to work on several collaborative projects to open up our democracy in Pennsylvania.
The College Independents is a home for politically Independent, third party, or curious major party students to get involved in campus politics, influence local elections, and just talk about their ideas with a diverse group of students. We host a variety of activities and welcome any and all to come out and see what we're about. Find out more at The College Independents website.
Look out for more on this collaboration in months to come!
Bills that are friendly to Independents!
Senate Bill 361: Joint Resolution for Reapportionment
"A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for a Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Bureau for the purpose of reapportioning and redistricting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." The intent of this bill is to minimize the impact of influence of the parties on redrawing district lines to favor their candidates. Link to Bill.
Senate Bill 21: Voters Choice Act (Prior Session; 2011-2012)
"An Act amending the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election Code, in party organization, further providing for definition of political parties and political bodies; and, in nomination of candidates, further providing for nominations by minor political parties and for nominations by political bodies." This bill aims to remove barriers to candidates seeking office in Pennsylvania. This would make it easier for anyone outside of the two-party system to participate. Link to Bill.
Senate Bill 1295: Open Primaries Bill (Prior Session; 2011-2012)
"Further providing for qualifications of electors at primaries, for primary voting and party officers and for voting procedure; and making a related repeal." This bill allows non-affliated PA voters to vote in primaries in either the Democratic or Republican Primary. Link to Bill.
JOIN US!Help build the independent movement from the ground up and connect with other independents across the state!
We are committed to supporting independents across the state. See our Independent Bill of Rights for more information on our mission.
We Need Your Help! Congressional Hearings Letter Campaign
Our national office, IndependentVoting.org just launched a campaign asking congress to hold hearings on the barriers that independents face. According to a recent PEW research poll, independents are now 38% of the voting populace. We want to inundate congress with thousands of letters calling for hearings. SEE SAMPLE LETTER...
PREVIEW: How the Independent Movement Went Left By Going Right
May 20th Protest of Closed Primary System that Excludes over 1 Million PA Voters
Members and supporters of Independent Pennsylvanians, a state based association representing the voting rights of unaffiliated voters, will hold informational pickets at poll sites around the state on primary day, May 20, 2014, to dramatize Pennsylvania’s closed primary system -- a state run and taxpayer funded system. Informational protests will kick off at the Warwick Hotel polling place at 17th and Locust Streets In Philadelphia from 8:00 am until 10:00 am
Independent Pennsylvanians is implementing quarterly statewide conference calls to provide a forum for discussion, updates & gaining support for democracy projects folks are working on. Let's strengthen the power of the people NOT the parties!