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In 1966, the court upheld the act in South Carolina v. Katzenbach, citing the clear history of racial discrimination. But the court also indicated that if conditions change, the constitutionality of the act might be revisited.

That would be a good thing. Citing the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department under Eric H. Holder Jr. blocked perfectly good photo-ID voter laws in South Carolina and Texas despite a 2008 Supreme Court decision upholding a similar law in Indiana.

There’s no evidence that voter-ID laws “suppress the minority vote.” There is evidence, however, that in some places like Pennsylvania, where such laws have been neutralized, vote fraud occurred.

Did vote fraud make the crucial difference in the 2012 election? Maybe, maybe not. It’s difficult to account accurately for millions of ballots.

That’s just the way the left likes it.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.