Excerpted From Heat Street: Russia has offered to monitor the Election Day in at least three states, saying that it would be willing to send someone “for a short period of time, when convenient” to observe the voting process.
Texas and Oklahoma predictably turned Russia down. Louisiana’s Secretary of State ran the suggestion by Homeland Security and the FBI, ultimately telling the Russians that flooding from Hurricane Matthew had prevented him from accepting the offer.
“Had this flood event not occurred, we would certainly have been open to such a visit, but I cannot meet such a request with the situation I currently have in front of me,” the Louisiana official wrote, inviting the Russians to get back in touch in 2020 “if you are still desirous to visit a precinct in a presidential election.” But a rep for the Louisiana Secretary of State later called Russia’s request a “propaganda ploy.”
The U.S. Department of State called the offer “nothing more than a PR stunt,” while White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it was “appropriate” to question Russia’s motives. Keep reading