Election day over, Chiefs' Mahomes refocuses on football

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A limited audience at Arrowhead Stadium watch as the New York Jets play the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Now that Election Day is over, Patrick Mahomes can turn his focus back to the football season.

Well, sort of over.

As the nation awaited final results in several battleground states Wednesday, the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs still could rest well knowing he did his part to ensure people of Kansas City had a chance to let their voices be heard.

Mahomes was a major factor in turning Arrowhead Stadium into a polling place Tuesday, going so far as footing half the bill to help cover the cost of 40 voting machines and other necessities that allowed people of Jackson County to vote there.

“I think Arrowhead ended up being a great spot for people to come together, go out and get your vote — a great place where everything was ran well,” Mahomes said Wednesday. “Hopefully we can continue to do that.”

The Chiefs spent plenty of time discussing the election, both formally and informally, and Mahomes said it was invaluable to learn the thoughts, opinions and what was important to everybody else in the locker room.

“You have those conversations because you have people that come from different backgrounds, different areas of the country,” he said. “You talk and listen and get different perspectives. We try to keep out of the politics because it can be so divisive, but we want to be understanding no matter who you vote for.”

For some voters in Jackson County and neighboring Clay County, that turned out to be Mahomes — he was the write-in vote for president on several ballots. Alas, the 25-year-old Mahomes won't meet the age requirement for another decade.