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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 1280: Voter Fraud Protection Act

Official Title

A bill 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 require election officials to transmit voter registration cards and absentee ballots to voters in elections for federal office through the use of 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)


03/20/2013: Introduced
03/20/2013: Referred to House Administration