Arianna Skibell

Arianna Skibell

Washington-based correspondent for States Newsroom

Voting by mail gains traction, but advocates warn it’s not ‘a panacea’

By: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 virus continues to sweep the country, voting rights advocates are demanding Congress fully fund a national vote-by-mail program so people aren’t forced to choose between their health and their right to vote.  But for large swaths of the population, voting by mail isn’t a viable option.  The voting debacle in […]

Lapsed law to assist women victims of violence ‘a real loss for survivors.’

By: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — For decades, the Violence Against Women Act was an issue that could transcend partisan politics on Capitol Hill. Not anymore. The landmark law — first passed in 1994 to protect victims of domestic crimes — funds programs like rape crisis centers, shelters and legal services to victims of domestic abuse. But after several […]