Louisiana and Oklahoma have declined a Russian request to send its diplomats to monitor polling stations on Election Day, according to letters from state officials provided to CNN.
"While it would be our honor to offer the opportunity to observe our voting process, it is prohibited under state law to allow anyone except election officials and voters in or around the area where the voting takes place", the Oklahoma secretary of state's office wrote to the Russians.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has faced criticism for suggesting the election might be "rigged" and for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the election have become a major campaign issue after US intelligence officials tied hacks of Democratic groups and officials in the Hillary Clinton campaign to Russian operatives. The deputy chairman of the Upper House's Foreign Affairs Committee told RT "they are suffering from some sort of persecutory delusion-they imagine that Russians want to distort their elections and somehow intend to do it while acting as observers".
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"Any suggestion that we rejected Russia's proposal to observe our elections is false", Toner said in a statement.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the objective of the requests was uncertain.
"It's appropriate that people might be suspicious of their motives or at least their motives might be different than what they have publicly stated, given the nefarious activities that they've engaged in in cyberspace", Earnest added.
In a letter dated September 24, Alexander K. Zakharov, the Russian consul general in Houston, asked for Schedler's help in allowing a representative "to be present (for a short period of time, when convenient) at one of the ballot station of Louisiana with the goal of studying the U.S. experience in organization of voting process during The United Stated States Presidential Elections [sic]". Texas and Oklahoma flat out said no. Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said state law prohibits unauthorized individuals from being inside a polling place - and noted violators could be charged with a class C misdemeanor.