Welcome to the Election Day live blog. We'll be posting throughout the day, including results as we get them tonight.
If you haven't voted yet, you can check out the state's official Voter Information Pamphlet
Chronicle reporters will trickle in throughout the day as they arrive for their night shifts. Feel free to use the comments form to ask questions at any time. We'll do our best to get them answered.
Meanwhile, we'll be posting relevant tweets and other social media content from the greater Web and providing what information we can as the day rolls on.
Next on the agenda for today is an expected update to the state's voter turnout numbers. That should be coming at 12:30 or so.
Oh, if you voted today, be sure to show us your stickers. Post them to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #bozemanvotes and we'll be sure to show them off for you here.
Just a reminder, if you still have an absentee ballot, it's got to be turned in to your county elections office, designated late registration locations or polling place in the county (in person) by 8 p.m. No postmarks are accepted.
The last update we had on Gallatin County absentee votes was on Friday. Elections chief Charlotte Mills told the Chronicle that 19,727 of the 30,940 requested absentee ballots had been turned in then.
There were 70,783 registered voters in the county on Friday. About 44 percent of them had requested absentee ballots.
In 2010, Montana’s midterm election saw 56 percent voter participation, compared to 72 percent turnout in 2012.
New ballot return numbers coming in from the state...
80.73% of absentee ballots in Montana have been returned so far. Out of 249,587 sent, 201,733 have been returned.
As of 12:15 p.m.: #Montana has seen 732 Election Day registrations. Total of late registrants: 6,397.
Where will the U.S. Senate candidates be waiting out Election Night? Amanda Curtis will be in Butte, 100 East Broadway. Steve Daines will be in Bozeman at the Hilton Garden Inn.
As a reminder, you can use the comment field at the top of the live blog area to submit questions and comments throughout the day.
That last post was just to give you a little ambiance for that Election Day looks like in Bozeman.
By county, the latest absentee ballot figures show that Gallatin County's return rate is 75%. Park: 84%. Madison: 87%
Reporters Whitney Bermes and Eric Dietrich have rolled into the newsroom to begin their late-day shifts to cover Election Night. I'll implore them to get on here and introduce themselves shortly.
There are 70,909 registered voters in Gallatin County, btw.
Eric Dietrich will be writing about the city races tonight. You can reach him at 582-2628 or email@example.com if you need to tonight.
Reporter Whitney Bermes will be covering the County Commission race. Reach her at 582-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political reporter Troy Carter will be covering the rest of the races from his base of operations at the Gallatin County Courthouse. Reach him tonight at email@example.com.
Numbers updated at 3:04 p.m. show that the state's absentee return rate has ticked up to 83 percent.
Golden Valley County has the highest rate of return at 96 percent. Of course that's 233 ballots out of just 243...
Yellowstone County, predictably, sent out the most absentee ballots with 52,523. That county's return rate is 84 percent.