Ballot PA – Repeal Closed Primaries
Ballot PA is a coalition of organizations committed to open and free elections in Pennsylvania that lead to responsive and accountable government. In Pennsylvania, the fastest-growing segment of voters is the nearly 1.1 million voters registered as unaffiliated with a political party or Independent. Because of PA’s closed primaries based on party affiliation, these voters are prevented from participating in the local, state, and federal primaries that are likely the most important elections in their communities.
In partnership with All Voting is Local, PUMP supports a pro-voter agenda to improve election infrastructure and policies, protect voting rights, and make voting more accessible in Allegheny County. This includes accessible ballot drop boxes, expanded early voting, providing voting materials in more languages, funding to protect the freedom to vote, and more.
Voter Education and Engagement
PUMP helps activate voters through voter education, voter registration, candidate forums, and more:
- We publish comprehensive voter guides for every major election.
- In 2019 and 2021, we were part of the Vote School Board First! Pittsburgh coalition. Led by A+ Schools this coalition focuses on the Pittsburgh School Board elections and educates the public about the role of the School Board.
- We have hosted a Mayoral primary debate for Pittsburgh in every Mayoral election since 1996.
- Allegheny County Needs a Pro-Voter Agenda
- PUMP’s Guide to the PA General Election on November 2, 2021
- PUMP and ULYP’s Guide to the PA Primary Election on May 18, 2021
- Everything You Need to Know for the PA General Election on November 3, 2020 – PUMP
- Everything You Need to Know for the Pennsylvania Primary Election on June 2, 2020 – PUMP
- An Overview of Marsy’s Law: Statewide Referendum on General Election Ballot (11/5/19) – PUMP
- Pennsylvania General Election Voter Guide – November 5, 2019 – PUMP
- Roll to the Polls with B-PEP: Free Rides on Election Day (5/21/19) – PUMP
- Pennsylvania Primary Election Voter Guide – May 21, 2019 – PUMP
- Vote School Board First: Your voter guide to the Pittsburgh School Board Elections on 5/21/19 – PUMP
- Volunteer with Fair Districts PA at the Polls on Special Election Day (4/2/19) – PUMP
- Candidate Debates – League of Women Voters – PA General Election 2018 – PUMP
- Pennsylvania General Election 2018: Everything You Need to Know – PUMP
- Pennsylvania Primary Election: May 15, 2018 – Everything You Need to Know – PUMP
- Fair Districts PA – Work the Polls for March 13 Special Elections – PUMP
- Vote School Board First PGH 2019 – PUMP
- All Voting is Local
- B-PEP (Black Political Empowerment Project)
- ULYP Greater Pittsburgh
- Vote School Board First PGH