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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Bullock

I Can’t Vote. Ask Me Why.

Answer: I’m an independent, along with more than 1.3 million registered voters in the state of Pennsylvania. That number continues to climb as dissatisfaction with partisan politics and legislative gridlock grows.

Pennsylvania's closed primary system requires us to join a political party in order to participate in the primary election, even when: (1) the primary election is an integral stage of the public election process, (2) all taxpayers fund the primary election, and (3) the primary election is the only competitive stage of the election.

This cannot stand. No voter should be required to join a private political organization as a condition of participating at this critical stage of our public election process.

Pennsylvania protects the private rights of two political organizations at the expense of the voting rights of its own citizens. Let all voters vote!

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