New York State passed very stringent laws to protect their constituents right to vote.
At the heart of the matter and the DOJ's filing is New York State's requirement for Escrow of Source Code.
Every vendor uses a Microsoft OS and Microsoft refuses to put their various source codes into escrow.
Escrow means taking something important be it a document or money and putting it under lock and key where it is safe and secure.
Eventually this important document or money can be released from escrow, this safe and secure place and is safely and securely transferred to a pre-determined destination.
In the context of New York State, Escrow does not mean that all of sudden the world will have Microsoft's Source Code, only the Government and only in the case of an Election gone wrong.
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