Abdul El-Sayed is the first Democrat to turn in his signatures to be on the 20-18 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 20-12. 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.