In the Lubbock County Commissioners Court meeting this week, the plan to pursue joint elections in Lubbock County was approved. County Commissioner Patti Jones explained why the decision is the best move for both parties.

"The state is paying for those elections, but they're only allowing enough money to pay for it if you do a joint election together, so financially is probably what is driving this as much as anything. It does make a lot of sense. Rather than having two locations or two separate sets of judges, and that sort of thing, that you can bring together the judges and you have fair representation from the democrat party and the republican party."

Some things parties will save on include filing fees and staffing. The joint election will also better utilize Lubbock County’s limited voting equipment.