In a ruling that shows how a judge seems to believe that business trumps democracy, the candidate who is suing over what appears to be a case where e-voting machines lost thousands of votes in a very close race, a judge has found that the candidate cannot have access to the e-voting machines' source code, because that would expose "trade secrets" the company holds. Frankly, this argument (which has been used before) makes no sense. This isn't rocket science here. These machines are supposed to count votes and make sure people don't vote more than once. There's no "trade secrets" involved in that at all. Furthermore, considering these machines are for public elections, as Tim Lee says in the link above, the source code of the e-voting system is the equivalent of the voting process. What democracy doesn't make the voting process clearly available for anyone to understand? Apparently, the answer is any democracy that relies on today's e-voting machines.
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