Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won wide praise for firmly rejecting former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. But now that those claims have spawned tighter voting measures, the Republican state official is taking a softer approach.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference in Atlanta, announcing an audit of presidential election results that will trigger a full hand recount. In Georgia, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won wide praise last fall for firmly rejecting former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. But now that those claims have spawned an effort to tighten voting laws, one that could impact their political fortunes, the two Republicans are taking a softer approach. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)