On Tuesday the US Supreme Court was to make a ruling on the Voting Rights Act, something that has been in place since 1965. 

According to the Associated Press, one of the key parts of the the 1965 voting rights act has been voided by the US Supreme Court. The reason why:

...the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn't reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.


While the high court didn't totally dismiss the part of the law, they said that the need to redetermine which parts of the country must seek Washington's approval before making election changes.

Not only is the Supreme Court ruling on this, but they are also expected to take on the Defense of Marriage Act, California's gay marriage ban Proposition 8 and affirmative action.

More on this story as it develops.