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

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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.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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