Ada County Election’s mobile voting food truck has gained national attention.

Fast Company, a magazine that highlights stories of innovation, has named Ada County Elections as a finalist in the 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards.

“We sifted through more than 1,000 truly impressive entries to find the ones our panel of judges thought were the best combination of creative problem solving and potential to change our world for the better,” according to Fast Company’s announcement. “We have crowned 12 winners — along with 192 finalists. ... Each of these projects represents the best social entrepreneurship, where innovation and impact are intersecting.”

Ada County Elections debuted the mobile voting truck — or “food truck voting” — for the November 2016 election. The concessions trailer that was converted into a mobile voting unit, was used as a way to make early voting more available to more voters in more places.

In November, more than 5,000 voters used the mobile voting trailer to cast their ballot, according to Ada County. Ada County Elections took the trailer to areas that haven’t had early voting locations in the past.

“It’s not often that government is recognized for innovative ideas,” Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane stated in a press release. “We appreciate being among the businesses and nonprofits that make up the list of finalists. With our successful rollout last November, we hope other jurisdictions will take up the Food Truck Voting concept and we’ll see voting expand even wider.”

Other innovations recognized by Fast Company this year were edible six-pack rings, a 3-D printer that can print living tissues and organs and a device that enables honey to flow right out of the bee hive. Find more at fastcompany.com.

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