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PA Senate approves open primary legislation

The state Senate approved with overwhelming bipartisan support Tuesday (42-8) a landmark bill that would allow 785,000 independent Pennsylvanians to vote in spring primary elections, a significant step forward in moving away from the Commonwealth’s closed primary system.

The proposal, Senate Bill 300, was introduced by Sen. Joe Scarnati earlier this year and would amend state election law to allow unaffiliated voters to choose a party primary – Democratic or Republican – in which they could vote for candidates.

The bill was voted out of the Senate State Government Committee on June 18, also with bipartisan support. It will now move to the state House for debate.

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