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Timing is everything: Email from Trump camp gives wrong Arizona poll hours

Voters wait to vote as a voter exits his polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, near Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — An erroneous email about polling hours in Arizona from a state official could have created some early Election Day confusion but was quickly corrected.

Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit forwarded an email to Republican presidential Donald Trump supporters that used Eastern times, stating that polls in Arizona closed at 9 p.m.

DeWit is also chief operating officer for Trump’s national campaign. He signed on for the volunteer job in late July.

Secretary of State spokesman Matt Roberts also tweeted out correct times Tuesday of 7 p.m. closings.

DeWit told KTAR’s Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes that the email came from the Trump camp. “I don’t actually get to send them myself … there are some people in New York that cue those emails up for all 50 states and they go out. … They put Eastern times.

“A corrected email went out afterward that had the great state of Arizona times on it,” he said.

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan also cleared up the issue earlier on the show.

“Polls close at 7, but if you’re in line, the poll marshal will come out, mark the last person in line and then however long it takes from there, even if that polling location has to stay open (voters can cast their ballots).”

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