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Candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed asks court to rule on eligibility

Mar 21, 2018

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Democratic candidate for Governor
Credit Abdul for Michigan

Democratic candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed has asked a court to rule if he's eligible to run, after some elections law experts said he probably isn't. 

El-Sayed, a Michigan native, lived in New York from 2011 to 2016. 

Some election law experts said he might not be eligible to run, because the state constitution says a candidate for Governor has to be a qualified voter for the four years preceding an election. 

At first, El-Sayed angrily denounced the question as racist -- posed by Democratic insiders to keep him off the ballot. 

But he has now complied with a request by the Michigan Democratic Party, and asked a Wayne County Circuit judge to rule on his eligibility before the August primary.   

El-Sayed says he is confident the judge will rule that he is eligible, because he kept a home in Michigan during the time he lived in New York, and although he voted in New York, he remained on the Michigan voter rolls.