State Of Michigan Says Too Soon To Rule El-Sayed Eligibility

Apr 18, 2018

Abdul El-Sayed
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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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