In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Coleman Lawyer: Previous Decisions Don't Count If They Hurt Voters

Friedberg then brought up this idea of the "interested parties" meaning the candidates -- and not referring to the voters. "How could the candidates and the Secretary of State's office enter into an agreement," Friedberg added, "that allowed voters' votes in the state of Minnesota to be counted more than once. Do you believe you had the power to do that?"

Gelbmann's response was that he did the best he could in the situation -- and after further discussion, he allowed that candidate approval was not required: "If you go with your supposition that ballots were counted more than once and we could have come up with a process that eliminated that, of course we would have went with it."