CANTON — The two elected trustee positions representing the added territory outside of the city limits on the Canton Public Schools board are up for election on Tuesday.

Hosea Anderson, Peter Brown and Courtney L. Rainey are running for the Trustee 1 position and Johnny Lee Brown and James Curtis Sims are running in the special election for Trustee 2. Polls open for voting on Nov. 7.

The special election is being held because the Trustee 2 election was supposed to be held last year but wasn’t. Reasons are not abundantly clear for why the election was not held.

Madison County District 2 Election Commissioner Julia Hodges said simply that “I guess the ball was dropped somewhere.”

Spence Flatgard, attorney for the Madison County Election Commission, said he was told by the school that nobody qualified for the election so the Canton Board of Aldermen re-appointed Johnny Brown to the board.

The winner of the special election will serve out a four-year term while the winner of the general election will serve five years.

This election marks the first time the election commission will test new voting machines that scan ballots and the first time Canton School Board elections will be presided over by the county. In the past, voting was conducted through the School Board’s main office.

“This is a good election for us to be able to test out the new machines,” Hodges said. “Because it is smaller we will be able to immediately jump on anything that may go wrong.”

The expanded territory includes the northern end of Lake Caroline and Anderson Lodge.

Two positions on the five-person school board are elected by people who live in the expanded territory. The other three positions are appointed by the mayor of Canton and the other members of the Board of Aldermen.

Madison County Circuit Clerk Anita Wray said that despite all the new elements being introduced, the only real confusion this has generated was when the candidates were qualifying and registering.

"People have come in to cast their affidavit ballots and they all seem to have a pretty clear idea of what is going on and often who they are voting for," Wray said.