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Secretary of State says too soon to rule on El-Sayed eligibility

Abdul El-Sayed
Bridge Magazine

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, that could punt the question until after the August primary when Democrats choose their nominee.

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