If the machines are faulty you will need to prove that. Go... do so. However the records are probably off limits. Which is going to make your job extremely hard to do. But if someone can write an emulator I think someone can reverse engineer one of these boxes easily enough.
Which is real convenient here. I don't buy it at all. It's three years after the elections in question and it'll be even later than that by the time any access is obtained, if ever. That's a ridiculous delay for any sort of vote coercion to occur.
I think there's a reasonable case here for illegal vote manipulation and that this illegal activity is just as bad as vote coercion.
The law should NEVER, EVER, EVER, provide protection over any data available behind public sector activity.
The public sector frequently claims the release of information will be burdensome; however, the public sector actors are not always forced, by statute (as they are in Minnesota) to ensure records should be held in a way which the sector cannot claim burden in failure to comply.
This needs to change.
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith