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Overcriminalization

"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

S 168: Voter Fraud Prevention Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to establish standards for the distribution of voter registration application forms and to require organizations to register with the state prior to the distribution of such forms.

Analysis

This bill amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to place restrictions on the paid distribution of voter registration application forms and registration requirements for organizations. Specifically, S. 168 prohibits any individual from distributing for compensation a voter registration application form for federal elections in a state if the individual: (1) has been convicted of a felony under any state or federal law; (2) does not sign and print legibly the individual’s name on the form; (3) does not provide identifying information to the proper election official; or (4) does not certify, under penalty of perjury, that the information collected is accurate to the best of his or her knowledge and that he or she has not received financial compensation based on the number of voter registration application forms submitted to election officials. The bill also establishes criminal penalties for individuals who fail to meet these standards and anyone who employs a violating individual knowingly or with a reasonable expectation that the individual will not meet the established standards. Violations would be punishable as a criminal misdemeanor and subject to fines in accordance with Title 18 of the U.S. Code.

Legislation Details
SPONSOR

Vitter (R - LA)

STATUS:

01/25/2011: Referred to Senate Rules and Administration Committee
01/25/2011: Introduced in Senate