TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is reminding local election supervisors that international election observers can’t watch voters in polling places.

Florida’s deputy secretary of state this week wrote supervisors and told them to be cordial with any observers from The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He said some have already met with Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

But the memo reminds supervisors that the observers can’t be present where voters fill out their ballots during early voting or on Election Day.

The group has sent observers to poll locations across the U.S. since 2002 and plans to have observers in four states.

The presence of the observers has drawn criticism from the Texas attorney general and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who is running for the U.S. Senate.

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