Ballots, Street Parties and Booze 

If the prospect of getting this election season over with as soon as possible is appealing to you, you're not alone. Why not discharge your civic responsibility early and wash your hands of the whole thing?

In this week's edition of Boise Weekly, News Editor George Prentice profiles an innovative way to vote early in Ada County, as elections officials prepare to roll out a mobile polling station. The description from Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane as "food truck voting" is an apt one. Housed in a long trailer with awnings and a counter, the polling place looks and acts much like a rolling diner.

Unveiled in part for convenience—with the mobile vote machine set to vend its democratic wares at high-traffic sites around the county—it was also conceived for security. With many polling places located at schools, the grim possibility of a shooting incident could disrupt elections. Sad but true, this new method of early voting protects both ballot casters and the integrity of the system. What's more, taking a cue from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, which struck near Election Day 2012, the mobile early voting station enables officials to proceed with elections even if other vital infrastructure has been damaged.

Find Prentice's report on Page 6.

Elsewhere in the paper, get your guide to September First Thursday events starting on Page 8. With the kids back in school and the days ticking down to the official end of summer, it's a good reminder that the fun still hasn't ended downtown.

Speaking of fun, it's time again for BW's monthly Boozehound column, in which we sample a selection of spirits and explore a cocktail recipe or two. This time around we delved into the surprising history of the Moscow Mule, mixing up a few with vodkas from as far away as Iceland and as near as our own backyard in Rigby, Idaho.

Cheers to the final weeks of summer, cheers to good vodka and three cheers for the countdown to Election 2016.

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