The state says now is not the time to rule on whether a candidate for governor is eligible to run. That could mean the question will wait until after Democratic voters make their choice in the primary.
The state constitution says a candidate for governor must have been a registered voter in Michigan for at least four years before the election. Democratic hopeful Abdul El-Sayed voted in New York in 2012, and the question is whether that invalidated his Michigan voter registration until he re-registered here in 2016.
The Michigan Secretary of State says the office isn’t doing anything to keep El-Sayed off the ballot and is the wrong target for a lawsuit.
If the state Court of Claims agrees,that could punt the question until after the August primary when Democrats choose their nominee.
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