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HARRISBURG – Some top Pennsylvania lawmakers want to allow independent voters to participate in the major parties’ primary elections in an effort to bring more moderates to the polls.

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With several prominent state politicians, including both party's gubernatorial candidates, hailing from York County, what is it about the county that makes it a political hot spot? The York Dispatch

Currently, only voters registered with a political party may vote in its primary election, leaving unaffiliated voters without a voice until the general election.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Republican, said Monday that “the extremes of the parties have taken over the primary process.”

Philly.com reports that House Majority Leader Dave Reed, a Republican, has also expressed support for the idea and Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, a Democrat, has signaled he would be open to it. Democrat Frank Dermody, the House minority leader, has not taken a position.

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