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"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.

HR 6593: Voter Fraud Prevention Act of 2012

Official Title

To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to increase the penalties imposed for intimidating, threatening, or coercing any person from engaging in voter registration activities or for procuring, submitting, or casting false voter registration applications or ballots, to amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to require election officials to transmit balloting materials to absent uniformed services voters using the automated tagging and tracing services provided by the United States Postal Service, and for other purposes.


This bill would increase the maximum penalty for a violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 from five years in prison to ten years in prison. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 makes it a crime to interfere with elections by voter fraud or threatening or intimidating voters.

Legislation Details

Olson (R - TX)


11/16/2012: Referred to House Committee on House Administration 11/16/2012: Introduced