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Michigan elections 2018: Democrat Shri Thanedar files challenge to Abdul El-Sayed's eligibility

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

LANSING, Mich. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar is challenging the ballot eligibility of one of his opponents.

Thanedar says Tuesday he wrote to the state Elections bureau that fellow Democrat Abdul El-Sayed has not been a registered voter over the four years leading up to this fall’s general election for governor — a requirement under Michigan’s constitution and election law.

Michigan’s Secretary of State office says El-Sayed has been continuously registered to vote in the state since 2003.

Thanedar is an Ann Arbor businessman. El-Sayed is an ex-Detroit health director. Former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer also will be in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for governor.

Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state Sen. Patrick Colbeck are among the Republicans facing off in that party’s primary for governor.

Here is a statement from Gretchen Whitmer:

"Gretchen has been proud to share a debate stage with Abdul and believes this race should be decided by the voters of Michigan. Gretchen thinks this campaign should be focused on getting things done for the people of Michigan, like fixing the damn roads and making health care more affordable for families."