The ruling came after attorneys for the Democratic Party went to court over a lack of provisional ballots.
Certain polling locations were short provisional ballots.
The arguments before the judge took about two and a half hours.
A county spokesperson tells 9Wants to Know they had an unforeseen demand for provisional ballots and they used more in this election than in 2008. By 9 p.m., all waiting voters had received provisional ballots.
The county said in a statement that in preparation for this year's election, the county printed more than 6,500 provisional ballots. It used 2008 statistics as an indicator, since the 2008 election was a heavily attended election. This was higher than the 3,895 provisional ballots cast in 2006, which would have been expected to be a more comparable election year for 2010.
The reason for the shortage is apparently because voters can surrender their mail-in ballots and use a provisional ballot.
The Democrats first went to court over the issue after the head of the Colorado Democratic Party, Pat Waak, says at 1 p.m. there were complaints that a sufficient number of precincts in Arapahoe County had run out of provisional ballots.
The Colorado Secretary of State, Bernie Buescher, has told counties that they can use older stock and even make copies with a photocopy machine to provide ballots.
Waak says they felt there were enough people who were not able to vote that they decided they should go to court.
So, the attorneys asked a judge to force Arapahoe County to make copies with a copy machine. The judge said ballots should be duplicated by any sufficient method.
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