Solomon’s open primaries legislation voted out of House State Government Committee

 Legislation to open Pennsylvania’s primaries, authored by state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., was today voted out of the House State Government Committee. 

Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, meaning that only voters registered with a given party can vote in that party’s primary election. Voters who are unaffiliated are prohibited from voting in a primary election.  

Solomon said today’s vote is a step forward to embracing over 1.2 million disenfranchised voters in Pennsylvania, who are currently unaffiliated with any political party.   

“Open primaries would give these voters a voice,” Solomon said. “By disenfranchising these voters, we are losing a good opportunity to hear new ideas and fresh perspectives.”   

“I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues to ensure that everyone has a voice in our elections,” Solomon continued.  

“There should be no second-class among Pennsylvania’s electorate,” said state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and co-sponsor of the bill. “Over 1 million voters are unduly disenfranchised in our state because they have chosen to exercise their right to remain unaffiliated with our restrictive political duopoly.” 

“I’m very pleased with the first step taken today and the committee’s agreement to move this legislation forward,” said state Rep. Marla Brown, R-Lawrence. “I think we’re on the right path to continue our state’s legacy democracy in Pennsylvania.”  

Solomon said he hopes that this legislation will be voted on by the full House soon.