This is a daydream at night, for electronic voting freedom.
Imagine if you will, two machines. One is the ballot scanner, and the other the ballot counter. Connect them with a wire. The ballot scanner eats up a ballot, then signals the counter to tally a vote.
It happens over and over, across a wire.
Now, imagine you can operate your very own ballot counter, and can also listen in on the wire. You can now verify that the official ballot counter is accurate.
Imagine that the ballot scanner is simple electronics and machinery. It's so simple that you can look, and know that they are different... or identical.
The scanner is no computer. It's a scanner. The rubber wheels spin and whirr, and with each ballot counted, it spits out 60 numbers. No more, no less.
The counter is a computer, and it's your computer. The wire is ethernet. The signal is a tiny ethernet packet broadcast to all the counter machines.