For the first time in Erath County, the 2014 primary elections will be held jointly at various voting centers. Commissioners unanimously approved the measure brought before the court by County Clerk Gwinda Jones on Monday.

"This will be the first time we've had a joint primary election that allows voters from every precinct to vote at any available polling location," Jones said. "It will make it easier on everyone involved to allow us to hold the primaries in the same location and let voters walk into any location to vote, no matter what precinct you live in."

In other business, Jones asked commissioners to approve a contract to allow her office to have the county indexes scanned in and made available electronically. The move will allow TEXMAS to provide the county with new, smaller bound copies as well.

Jones said that while the total amount of the project is not known, part of it will cost $40,683.60. The rest of the project will cost $1.47 per page. Jones said the money for the project is in the budget of the County Preservation fund, and commissioners approved the project.

Jones said all the county's land records are scanned in and online. County Judge Tab Thompson commended Jones on the effort.

"I know that can be a long process, but it's a great convenience for the public," he said.