[T]he public has no way to independently verify that the machines are working properly. The public has been stripped of its ability to have independent, verifiable confidence that when a vote is made, it will be tabulated and recorded properly. Trade secret law means that we must trust the vendors when they say that their machines are free of error, bias, flaws, and security loopholes. Trade secret law effectively means that independent researchers who want to test voting machines and assure that they are operating properly cannot do so without the permission of the vendor—or risk being found to have misappropriated the trade secrets themselves.
Elon's David Levine on the misapplication of trade secret laws and the risk to the democratic process.
As someone who has been following the problems with electronic voting machines for almost a decade, I will say that a local FB meme I saw today (OMG machines changing Romney votez to Obama!) seems unlikely. UPDATE: Turns out the story had some basis in fact, but the local BOE says it was no big deal. I would tend to believe them, but that's not going to make everyone comfortable, and that's the point of this post and the many that precede it (follow links at "following," above) -- we need a verifiable system, not a Hey, Trust Us system.