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The Pittsburgh Steelers have hardly put a foot wrong so far this season and remain the only undefeated team in the NFL through the first eight weeks of the campaign.

On Wednesday, the Steelers were similarly impressive in an altogether different environment as several players bought dinner for all the workers at the ballot-counting site in Allegheny County.

The county’s official Twitter account shared a video of the meals—which consisted of chicken, rigatoni pasta, vegetables, bread rolls and pies—being delivered to the voting site on Wednesday night and its heartfelt thanks to the organization.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the franchise got in touch with county officials on Wednesday night and asked whether they could provide meals for the poll workers.

“It’s very nice, very appreciated,” county spokeswoman Amie Downs was quoted as saying. “We’ve been working very long hours, so for them to have thought of us is very kind.”

While the Steelers did not disclose the identity of the players or team personnel who came up with the idea, linebacker Vince Williams clearly approved of the gesture.

Like several other NFL franchises, the Steelers have been proactive to ensure the players and the public were engaged in the voting process and exercised their right by voting via mail, through in-person absentee ballots or at voting sites on November 3.

“We’re professionally focused, but we have been talking continuously about being active participants in the political process and exercising our right to vote,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told ESPN on Election Day.

“It requires no special meeting or no point of emphasis today. We all know what today is.”

Ballot workers in Allegheny County face another long day ahead on Thursday, with vote counting set to continue as Pennsylvania could potentially decide the presidential election.

Should he carry the state, Joe Biden would get over the threshold of 270 electoral college votes required to win the race to the White House.

At the time of writing, the Democratic presidential candidate trails President Donald Trump by 48.1 percent to 50.7 percent with 89 percent of votes being counted, according to NEP/Edison Research. However, 78.4 percent of the absentee votes that have been tabulated so far have gone towards Biden, a potentially significant advantage for the Democrat candidate as only 28 percent of counties have reported absentee votes so far.

Allegheny County has so far reported approximately 89 percent of the votes cast, with Biden leading Trump by 19 percentage points, which currently puts him on track to increase the margin the Democrats won the county by four years ago.

On Wednesday, Trump prematurely claimed he had won the crucial swing state, despite the fact no media outlets have made an official call on Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, the president’s campaign has filed lawsuits in the state requesting to stop the counting of ballots and to stop Democrats from allegedly “hiding” the “ballot counting processing from our Republican poll observers.”

Newsweek has contacted the Pittsburgh Steelers and Allegheny County for comment.

Election precinct suitcases containing ballots, election materials and keys to voting machines are held under guard by the Allegheny County Police at the Allegheny County elections warehouse on November 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Election officials continue to count absentee ballots in critical battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona.
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