Steelers Buy Dinner for Allegheny County Poll Workers Counting Election Ballots

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIINovember 4, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane, second from left, celebrates with teammates after after scoring on an interception of a pass from Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, not visible, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers stepped up to support poll workers in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday evening, purchasing dinner for those helping tally votes in one of the state's most crucial regions.

Paul Rigney @PaulRRigney

At the Allegheny County ballot counting site here in Pittsburgh, I can report that the Pittsburgh Steelers are buying dinner for all the workers here this evening.

Pennsylvania has captured the focus of the nation as mail-in ballots continue to be counted in a close presidential election. That's put added pressure on poll workers as the state's 20 electoral votes remain up for grabs.

The Steelers have made sure those who are working to support the democratic process are being taken care of at home.

Allegheny County @Allegheny_Co

Thank you, ⁦@steelers⁩, for your kindness. Chicken, rigatoni, veggies, rolls, pies and more! We’re grateful for the wonderful food from ⁦@TheGooseExpress⁩ https://t.co/1KWs6E2Zeg

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Pittsburgh players took the initiative to buy dinner for all of the ballot counters in the county and worked with the Steelers to ensure the meals were delivered. A team source confirmed to Brooke Pryor of ESPN that a "couple of players" contributed to the gesture.

It remains unclear how long the vote tabulation process will take across the state.