Arizona has a voting booth problem and the Sherwood Forest of Arpaio, Maricopa County, is smack dab in the middle of this latest voting machine blow up. I admit to not being nuanced in the ins and outs of how voting machines can be hacked, but it only takes one case of PacMan being loaded up to a supposed secure system to make me blanch. As a person who studies culture for a living, I think back to a great set of readings dropped by G.G. Coulton long ago called "The Medieval Village."
In this book, which is actually a synopsis of a larger work on medieval Europe by Belloc's great rival, he introduces the concept of the "sporting chance." Basically, the sporting chance was the final link in the feudal system that culminated the villein's life. Most feudal arrangements guaranteed a lord's rights over certain items of a serf's possessions at that person's death. In a total cultural system like feudalism, it really isn't shocking that your lord could come and take what was rightfully his, within that system, and people did not step back and think "Hmmm, this ain't right." It was as life was.
Anyhow, a twist was placed on the system of taking the vassal's best draft animal and his second best raiment upon death. In some places, especially England, the lord could send his warden -- they rarely did this trivial stuff in person -- to get that which was rightfully his before the death of poor John The Thresher or, even, sad Thomas Applegarth. The twist was the sporting chance.
In the rules of the sporting chance, the lord could make a "reasonable" request of the serf to prove that he (it was usually a 'he') could still have a chance of living or being productive. Usually it was something like "Applegarth! If you can walk seven stout paces from your threshold, I will not take your best draft animal and your second best raiment." If that orchard keeper couldn't, then what was rightfully his, became, well, not rightfully his.
So, this is where I come to my leap of logic: These unaccountable and very hackable voting devices are much akin to that call at the threshold. "Arizonan! If you are willing to submit to our system, then you have a sporting chance your vote may be counted." In many ways (and in ways I haven't fleshed out yet), a vote is your best draft animal in our society. If they can introduce a twist on the system that calls you out before the only moment at which you no longer have that vote (your death), set up a standard which you can not achieve (verifying that your vote counted), and forces you to either consent to doing what is expected or failing to vote at all, then they've "totalized" our democratic society.
It's a noodle-headed thought and not quite complete, but there are many other examples of this sort of justified behavior that empowers and re-empowers certain members of our society and those who would enable them (e.g. credit card companies). It also raises the question of what is the benefit in subverting a democratic system by voting fraud has to the "wardens" who show up at the threshold to take your vote. Somehow, someway this residual medieval societal tool will show up to take their best draft animal and second best raiment.