Fenway Park, other locations preparing for influx of voters before early voting kicks off

BOSTON (WHDH) - From Pesky’s Pole to the presidential poll, Boston residents will be able to cast their ballots at Fenway Park and more than 20 other locations in the city when early voting kicks off on Saturday.

The historic ballpark will be open to voters Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Gate A on Jersey Street.

Other voting locations in Boston will run through Oct. 30, including City Hall.

A full list of Boston early voting locations and dates can be found here.

Early voting sites are also operating as ballot drop-off locations. Voters who have received Vote by Mail ballots may return those ballots to any early voting location in their city or town during early voting hours.

The city has also installed 17 new ballot drop boxes for voters. A list of their locations can be found here.

Mayor Martin Walsh warned residents not to put the task of requesting a mail-in ballot off to the last minute.

“The last day to request a mail-in ballot is October 28. That’s a deadline,” he said. “My advice is do it today. Don’t wait until October 28. Get these ballots in your hands right now.”

Communities across the state are preparing for a high voter turnout.

Canton Town Clerk Tracy Kenney said efforts are being made to keep voters who show up in-person on Election Day safe.

“We are requesting that all voters wear face masks,” she said. “We will also be providing sanitized writing implements to voters to mark their ballots. We’ll have hand sanitizer available if voters would like to use it and we will also be sanitizing voting booths each time they’re used.”

Under state law, every city and town must hold early voting sessions on each Saturday and Sunday during the early voting period.

Early voting dates and locations throughout the Bay State can be found here.

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