Pennsylvania is currently in the minority among states when it comes to their closed primary voting system. But with increasing number of independent voters, state lawmakers are exploring making a change.
A bill supported by State Senator Joe Scarnati, a Republican from Jefferson County, would allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots in a party’s primary. Scarnati says it would help increase voter turnout and possibly reduce partisanship.
The bill also has support from ranking Democrat Jay Costa as well as Governor Tom Wolf.