Welcome to the Best of Boise 2017 ballot. Voting begins Wednesday, Aug. 2, and ends at midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Though we love our traditions, we also recognize the importance of change. Adjusting to shifts in technology and attitudes while maintaining a commitment to longstanding values is an integral part of a successful business model and something always at the forefront of how we do things here at Boise Weekly. Our annual Best of Boise poll is a great example of this. The ballot, once in print, is now online, and write-ins have given way to nominations. This year, we’ve streamlined the process even further and have eliminated some categories for two important reasons:

1. Lack of nominations. If there weren’t enough nominations to choose four or five options for the ballot, the category was removed.

2. Lifetime achievement awards. There are some people, organizations and businesses in the Boise area who have won a Best of Boise category several years in a row. Some have taken the top spot so many times, we were afraid it was losing its luster. So, this year, we are going to bestow the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award on these repeat winners and retire the category, with plans to acknowledge them annually in the Best of Boise issue.

As John F. Kennedy reportedly stated, “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Here’s to the future!

Here’s how it works:

1. Best of Boise finalists were selected during the nomination process, so there are no write-ins.

2. There is no minimum number of votes required for your ballot to count.

3. You can vote from a computer or mobile device, and you don't have to do all of your voting at once: You can log out and back in as many times as you like.

As part of our new Best of Boise voting process, some of our advertisers have purchased space on the ballot to promote voting in their categories. . These are paid advertisements and do not reflect sponsorship of the Best of Boise category.