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Van Liew Requests U.S. Attorney's Office Investigate Intimidation on Election Day
Roland Van Liew charges "voter coercion and voter intimidation" during his drive to collect signatures for a recall petition.
By Les Masterson | Email the author | November 9, 2010
Roland Van Liew, who attempted to recall Planning Board members via petition during election day last week, is charging "voter coercion and voter intimidation" during his drive to collect signatures for the petition. He is demanding a full investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In a letter written to the U.S. Attorney's Office on Nov. 3, Chelmsford Attorney Richard P. McClure, who is representing Van Liew and also filed a lawsuit in Land Court in regards to the 9 North Road development proposal on Monday, said "the actions of the perpetrators" violated multiple sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
McClure charged that comments made by town officials, Web site commenters and "anonymous bloggers" harassed, coerced and intimidated Van Liew.
Van Liew is also charging that the petition signature collectors he hired on election day were "verbally insulted, coerced and intimidated by supporters of the Planning Board members he wanted removed from the board. These negative reactions on election day forced Van Liew to stop his petition campaign, he said.
According to Van Liew, he has received "threatening" mail and phone calls about his election day effort and has filed a formal police complaint against one resident.