Tyrann Mathieu wants to make voting cool

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During a Wednesday conference call, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he is going to continue using his platform to push for changes that “make this world a better place” and he has some company in the locker room on that front.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu joined Mahomes in last week’s video from NFL players calling on the league to do more to address racial inequality and he’s joining the quarterback in another effort. Mathieu said on Wednesday that creating change is about “a lot more than just protesting” and that’s why he and Mahomes are leading a voter registration effort.

Mathieu said that voting gives people a voice and a chance to shape the communities they want to live in.

“We can sit here all day and talk about a lot of different things, right? Most of those topics are very sensitive, they’re very tough conversations,” Mathieu said on a conference call. “I think voter registration isn’t one of those conversations. I think it impacts everybody. I think everybody can be a part of that. And like I mentioned, if guys like myself and more guys like me, if we can make voting cool, if we can make that a trendy thing, we’re really changing the future. . . . One of the most important things is to vote, but a lot of folks don’t think that’s cool. Maybe we can make that a cool thing again.”

The two players have spoken to Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and team president Mark Donovan about the idea and will discuss it with other players from the team in the near future.

43 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu wants to make voting cool

  1. While I appreciate where you’re coming from in regards to a positive change standpoint, it shouldn’t have to be “cool” to vote. You should already care what happens to you, your family and your community. It’s an obligation. Obligations shouldn’t need to be “cool” in order for you to fulfill them.

  2. If voting is cool, then consider me Miles Davis. – Every old person in the US

  3. Outstanding point heymister. I need an ID to go to the doctor, yet somehow voting without ID is allowed. Nonsense.

  4. Voting without ID is coded language, just so you know.
    What I don’t understand is why every city doesn’t canvass each dwelling and help people vote.
    Tha answer lies in Mark Twain’s famous quote, if voting made any difference, it would be illegal.

  5. vikinghooper says:
    June 11, 2020 at 9:41 am
    Voting without ID is coded language, just so you know.
    What I don’t understand is why every city doesn’t canvass each dwelling and help people vote.

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    Imagine the influence the canvassers could have. “You dont know much about the candidates? Well let me help you” ….

  6. Voting in the US is already cool. Ask people in other countries. Some of them risk their lives just showing up at a voting location, talking about it afterwards, or being spotted with ink on their finger from “making their mark.”

  7. When you’re platform and candidates are terribly unpopular the most successful tactics are voter suppression and gerrymandering.

  8. Chiefs fan here, I will be voting for president Trump in November. Thanks Tyrann for the reminder.

  9. Yes…..I suppose we could try and make voting cooler, or we can continue to kneel during the national anthem, alienating a significant part of the population you claim to be trying to reach.
    Which is obviously more fun.

  10. I have a hard time understanding why anyone wants to criticize this or be a smart a** about it.

    We all have a say in who gets fired and who gets hired to run our country, and yet we don’t take advantage of it.

    For example, I live in Tampa, FL and we elected our Sheriff in 2018. Our county had 1.45 million residents, but only 857k were registered to vote. That’s only 59% that were even registered!

    How many people voted in the election?… only 528k. That is only 36% of the residents.

    64% of the people who live here decided that they didn’t want their voices to be heard in choosing who our Sheriff was and THAT’S A PROBLEM

    Who decided to vote in the primary, to decide what name would be on the ballot for our next Sheriff?… only 222k, 15% of our residents. 85% of residents chose to stay home or not even mail in their ballot.

    Democracy is just another idea if it isn’t practiced.

  11. I vote cause it’s my civic responsibility not cause a football player on my cities team told me to….

  12. Maybe making it “cool” would help because voting rates tends to be low even when it is insanely easy to do. We have mail-in ballots where I live and the % who vote barely increased even though all you have to do is fill it out and drop it in your mailbox.

  13. I think this is great. I don’t understand why there’s so much negativity in the comments.

    I agree that you shouldn’t have to make voting seem cool so that people will vote. But the reality is that we have sadly low turnout rates in the US.

  14. Does anyone remember what a complete train wreck this guy was personally….
    jeez…

  15. What you call cool I call civic duty.

    Voting should only be done in PERSON with an ID or absentee with a signed affidavit. (No mail in or vote harvesting)

  16. I appreciate his sentiment but I think it would be more effective if he got into politics and made that look cool.

    Yeah, voting is good, but people would also be more likely to vote if they had better candidates, and I can think of more than a few retired players of color who have the leadership and communication skills necessary to be successful politicians and role models for a new generation of young Americans of every color.

  17. Voting is only cool if people vote for exactly who i want them to vote for ……on a side note how many people remember the vote or die slogan lol

  18. When you have a public education system that doesn’t teach how the system works, of course, people won’t participate.

    The failure of school curriculums to educate the generation population has left the last few generations unprepared for the realities of the world.

    Your politicians have failed you.

    Your educators have failed you.

  19. Voting shouldn’t be cool. It’s an pivotal piece of our Constitutional Republic. Voter ID should be instituted immediately to avoid voter fraud!

  20. Dollars to donuts, most people stomping their feet for change, and make no mistake, changes need to be made, will not bother voting, or they will re-elected the same career politicians that have done absolutely nothing for decades. Further, most of the protesters will do nothing else to effect change beyond saying they attended a protest. Sad, but true.

  21. If they wanted you to vote they’d have made it easier for you to do so.

    Over 70% of Americans (adults) own a smartphone. How many families own zero smartphones?

    If they wanted your vote, there would be an app for that. They’d rather not even send out absentee ballots…

    What does it tell you, when the person that won the popular vote doesn’t necessarily win the election?

  22. seanismorriscom says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    What does it tell you, when the person that won the popular vote doesn’t necessarily win the election?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – –

    It tells me we have an electoral college for a reason………so that the cities with giant populations don’t have it to say alone. We cannot just go on the popular vote as then those of us in the rest of the country have ours silenced. The electoral college…..works. That alone proves it.

  23. vikinghooper says:
    ”Voting without ID is coded language, just so you know.
    What I don’t understand is why every city doesn’t canvass each dwelling and help people vote.
    Tha answer lies in Mark Twain’s famous quote, if voting made any difference, it would be illegal.”
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    If people want photo IDs then they should make them free at the local dept. of motor vehicles. There should be a registered record of voters that starts at birth [kicking in at eighteen] that can be amended with a telephone call. Snopes indicates that Twain quote has not been accurately been attributed to him, or anybody else.

  24. After reading all these comments, I’m not sure we’ve reached a consensus. Is voting or cool or not? Maybe we should vote on it.

  25. seanismorriscom says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    What does it tell you, when the person that won the popular vote doesn’t necessarily win the election?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – –

    It tells me we have an electoral college for a reason………so that the cities with giant populations don’t have it to say alone. We cannot just go on the popular vote as then those of us in the rest of the country have ours silenced. The electoral college…..works. That alone proves it.

    so what you are saying is that rural Americans’ voices are worth more than urban Americans’ voices. this is already the case in the Senate. it’s like empty acreage has been given the vote. minority rule. what do they call that again?

  26. seanismorriscom says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    What does it tell you, when the person that won the popular vote doesn’t necessarily win the election?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – –

    It tells me we have an electoral college for a reason………so that the cities with giant populations don’t have it to say alone. We cannot just go on the popular vote as then those of us in the rest of the country have ours silenced. The electoral college…..works. That alone proves it.
    —————————————————————————————
    so what you are saying is that rural Americans’ voices are worth more than urban Americans’ voices. this is already the case in the Senate. it’s like empty acreage has been given the vote. minority rule. what do they call that again?

  27. dutch388 says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:56 pm
    seanismorriscom says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    What does it tell you, when the person that won the popular vote doesn’t necessarily win the election?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – –

    It tells me we have an electoral college for a reason………so that the cities with giant populations don’t have it to say alone. We cannot just go on the popular vote as then those of us in the rest of the country have ours silenced. The electoral college…..works. That alone proves it.

    —————

    You nailed it Dutch. Without the electoral college, we may as well change the name of our nation to “The United States of California-New York.”

  28. Leman Russ says:
    June 11, 2020 at 9:34 am
    Outstanding point heymister. I need an ID to go to the doctor, yet somehow voting without ID is allowed. Nonsense.

    ______________________________________________________

    That’s strange, I’ve always been asked for ID when I’ve voted. I guess when you vote in the one room schoolhouse where everybody in the county is related twice over, they relax the standards.

  29. Only a person filled of hate and or of limited intellect would vote for Trump/Putin.

  30. The “rampant” voter fraud that is often cited as the driving force behind the need for strict voter ID laws has never been proven to actually exist anywhere in the US. Not anywhere. It is a voter suppression tool, not a strategy to ensure election integrity.

  31. There is not a valid reason to vote without an ID. This is another excuse to vote multiple times or as a dead person.

  32. seanismorriscom says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm
    If they wanted you to vote they’d have made it easier for you to do so.
    ____________________
    So getting off your butt and driving 3 blocks to your local elementary school is to difficult for ya?

  33. My grandfather voted Republican his entire life, until he died.

    Now he votes Democrat.

  34. Let’s see if they try to make it COOL to be informed on what candidates stand for and what they plan to bring to America… instead of just thinking “Voting cool. Orange man bad.”

    I have a feeling they just want people to think “Voting cool. Orange man bad.”

  35. Cool is showing those racist liberals that African Americans Do possess the ability to possess an ID card, they Can find a pooling location, they Can read and make an informed decision on who can best help them. Rather than being kept at a subsistence level and only used for keeping one party in power!

  36. Out of respect for our flag, we should try to get every American to vote.

  37. seanismorriscom says:
    June 11, 2020 at 12:44 pm
    What does it tell you, when the person that won the popular vote doesn’t necessarily win the election?
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – –
    It tells me we have an electoral college for a reason………so that the cities with giant populations don’t have it to say alone. We cannot just go on the popular vote as then those of us in the rest of the country have ours silenced. The electoral college…..works. That alone proves it.

    ———————————————————

    It’s not about cities making the decision. It’s about PEOPLE making the decision, regardless of where they live or how close their neighbor is. The electoral college is an outdated system that is 100% completely unnecessary in today’s world.

    On a national level, the candidate with the most individual votes should be the winner. This is why we have so many levels of government. The cities have mayors councils, etc. in order to govern issues at their specific local level. Counties have Executive positions and councils in order to govern those things that pertain to an entire county. States have Governors and representatives from communities all around the state in order to govern things that apply statewide. And then you have the Federal government with a President, Senate, and House of Representatives that governs things that apply to everyone across the country. With today’s global economy and technology you do not need an electoral college to elect a President fairly that represents the entire country. Look up the history on why we originally used it. Does that make ANY sense in today’s world with today’s technology? Nope. Not at all.

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