ERIE, Colo. (CBS4) – A controversial race for mayor in Erie is heating up as the election nears.

The town is split down the middle – half in Weld County, the other half in Boulder County.

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There have been claims of vandalized and stolen signs, as well as claims of coercion and cover up.

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The election clerk resigned just before ballots went out forcing the town to hire a consultant to run the election.

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Voters head to the polls on Wednesday.