Why Philly Set Go Backs Senate Bill 300
If 21% of an entire demographic is barred from participating in primary elections, can we truly define the process as fair, accessible, and democratic?
We don’t think so. It’s why last month, we submitted a written testimony in support of Senate Bill 300.
Senate Bill 300 opens the primary process to independent and unregistered voters. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are approximately 1,447,677 registered voters between the ages of 25-34. But of those millennial voters, 21%, or 302,941, are registered as unaffiliated or independent.
Why does this matter? Millennial voters register as “independent” or “unaffiliated” in greater numbers than any other demographic. This means that the current “closed” primary process disproportionately impacts millennial voters and limits their opportunities to participate in the political process through voting.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, more than 1,447,677 registered voters are between the ages of 25-34. Of those, 21% or 302,941 are registered as unaffiliated or independent.
We do not believe in perpetuating the message that these voters’ voices don’t matter, especially when each of these 302,941 individuals’ tax dollars supports a primary that they are unable to participate in.
Opening up the primary process reinforces the civic space that groups like ours need to point out that our elected government has removed a barrier to voting, now it is the voter’s responsibility to exercise that right.
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