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Abdul El-Sayed Files Signatures For Michigan Governor’s Race Amid Questions Of Eligibility

Mar 7, 2018

Abdul El-Sayed
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Abdul El-Sayed is the first Democrat to turn in his signatures to be on the 2018 ballot for governor.  He faces potential challenges down the road.

Abdul El-Sayed was born and raised in Michigan, but he spent several years in New York.  And that’s where the problem begins – he voted in that state in 2012. 

Now the question becomes whether that invalidated his Michigan registration and subsequent eligibility to run for governor. 

A spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office says it won’t look into El-Sayed’s eligibility on its own.  Rather, someone would have to file a challenge.  El-Sayed says he isn’t worried.

“I can’t tell you what’s on other people’s minds.  I do know that I am eligible, and I think everybody else in this race does too, so, we’ll see.”

Two Republican candidates have also filed their signatures for review with the Secretary of State.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org