Even before the sun rose, Athens voters stood in line to cast their ballots for Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff races. Georgia's voters will decide which political party controls the Senate with these two contested seats. Our photographers did not see many long lines this morning, as many voters chose to vote early or utilize mail-in ballots. 

These photos were captured before polls opened at 7 a.m. until noon. To view a gallery of photos captured in the afternoon, 7 p.m. click here