Citizen election monitors are "special interests" to be resisted. Or maybe open vote counting, as mandated by the NH constitution, threatens something else. (Thanks to Jay)
UPDATE from Travis Holte:
"I found this bit particularly chilling.
In New Hampshire (and all of New England) these computers are programmed by a sole source vendor by the name of LHS Associates. Ken Hajjar, LHS Associates vice president, is a convicted felon, a former cocaine trafficker.
In its second line of business, LHS does data mining, collecting demographic information about the very same voters and communities for whom LHS is programming election results. Combining its two areas of business, LHS Associates data mining might help identify community voting trends.
It's common knowledge by now that voting machines can easily be programmed to flip election results so votes for Candidate A are counted instead for Candidate B. If I want to rig an election, I might be interested in the demographic data collected by LHS Associates and I might be very interested in the programming of voting machines in those neighborhoods not particularly friendly to my candidate.
"I guess this explains RP massively under performing to his poll numbers in '08. Remember this incident with the Sec of State?