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Judge rules in Malta Town Supervisor race

MALTA -- Incumbent Paul Sausville won re-election as town supervisor Thursday by a single vote after Judge Robert Chauvin invalidated two absentee ballots for his opponent.

Both ballots contained clear votes for Cynthia Young. On one ballot the voter appeared to mistakenly vote yes on Proposition 4, crossed it out, checked no and initialed it. On the other ballot the voted drew a line through both options and wrote no vote. State law does not permit any additional writing on ballots.

This last lap has been grueling it really has. The community is divided. Eight years ago when we approved legislation for the Luther Forrest Campus we realized Malta was going to change and it has changed, said Sausville.

Residents appeared divided on the direction they wanted the town to go. Sausville worked to keep its small town feel, while Young campaigned on being business-friendly.

In a town that is very strongly republican I hope that he takes the time to think about why so many republicans had to cross party lines to vote for me, said Young.

Sausville and Young are expected to meet to discuss their views of the towns future.

Young will meet with her attorney to decide if she will appeal the judges ruling.