- By Andrew Hatstat
- Local Issues
It’s primary season in Pennsylvania. Each spring the Democratic and Republican party machines emerge from their holes to sing about the importance of exercising your right to vote for their preferred candidates. But unlike the spring blossoms, primary elections in Pennsylvania are anything but beautiful.
Primaries in Pennsylvania are “closed” - only voters registered as Democrat or Republican are allowed to vote. What if you don’t like those parties? A 2019 poll from Gallup reveals that about 54% of Americans identify as either a Democrat or Republican and 44% as “independent”. However in PA about 85% of voters are registered D or R, and 16% as something else.