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Thanedar files formal challenge to El-Sayed eligibility

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A Democrat running for governor is challenging the eligibility of another Democrat to appear on the August primary ballot.


Shri Thanedar says he is not trying to get Abdul El-Sayed booted from the ballot. Thanedar says he’s trying to settle the issue of whether El-Sayed invalidated his Michigan registration when he voted in New York in 2012. He didn’t re-register in Michigan until 2016.


“It really doesn’t matter what that decision is as long as it’s based on legal and constitutional inputs.” 


“I’m just trying to precipitate the matter now, so we all have closure, so we can go talk about the issues, and have a very good primary.”


“If he’s eligible, that would be fine. We can then go and compete, but if this this remains left hanging, as a Democratic Party, that doesn’t do us any good.” 


El Sayed says he never gave up his Michigan registration and, therefore, he’s eligible to run for governor. He has also asked a court to rule on the question.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.