Abdul El-Sayed files signatures for governor’s race amid questions of eligibility

Mar 6, 2018

Abdul El-Sayed
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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.