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German Election

Election campaign posters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and her top-challenger Social Democrat Peer Steinbrueck, right, sit behind debris of a car accident in Berlin.

Voter Turnout an Important Factor in Germany's Election

With the polls showing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right coalition neck-and-neck with the left-leaning opposition, every vote counts.

Although voter participation in Germany is generally higher than in the United States and many other democratic countries, turnout nationwide has steadily declined over the past 40 years.

Reporting by the Associated Press and REUTERS.