Fenway first: Ballpark becomes voting venue

6:15 PM ET

Associated Press

BOSTON — Bostonians who lined up at the nation’s oldest ballpark on Saturday were far more focused on the ballot box than the batter’s box.

Hundreds of people cast their votes at Fenway Park, which city officials are using as an alternative to indoor venues during the pandemic. Voter Rob Cohen said he’s a 3-minute walk from his nearest polling location but he chose to take a 20-minute bus ride and then stand in line 45 minutes to cast his vote at the storied ballpark.

“It was two things I like a lot — democracy and baseball,” the die-hard Red Sox fan said after his first and only visit to the park this year.

The Red Sox opened Fenway Park to Boston residents for the first time this year when it served as an early voting venue on Saturday. CJ GUNTHER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Fenway Park was one of 10 locations across Boston where residents could cast their votes on Saturday, when early voting began across the state. Early voting in the state will run through Oct. 30, but Fenway Park is being used for only this weekend as an early voting location. The ballpark provided a

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