Photo Gallery Voting German Style

Germans have been showing up in their Sunday finest at polling stations across the country. Many wear traditional outfits such as the Bavarian "Tracht," which are only worn on special occasions.
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Voters in the southern town of Schleching cast their votes wearing traditional Bavarian outfits.

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Many Bavarians dug out their traditional "Lederhosen" and feather hats for the occasion.

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Two residents of Hornberg turned up at the polling booth wearing costumes native to Germany's Black Forest region.

Foto: VINCENT KESSLER/ REUTERS
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The women donned traditional "Bollenhut" hats, which have been worn in the region since the 18th century.

Foto: VINCENT KESSLER/ REUTERS
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In the eastern state of Brandenburg, a woman was seen casting her vote in a traditional dress and headscarf.

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Two nuns cast their vote in the German capital of Berlin in a local primary school.

Foto: Kay Nietfeld/ dpa
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One voter's dog accompanied him to the ballot box.

Foto: Bernd Thissen/ dpa
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Some voters in Bavaria also wore the traditional "dirndl" dress for the occasion.

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A Bavarian man even took his two sons into the voting booth.

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Not all Germans dressed up in traditional garb for the occasion -- the majority turned up in everyday clothing.

Foto: Oliver Krato/ dpa
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Polls indicate that voter turnout has risen in this year's election.

Foto: KAI PFAFFENBACH/ REUTERS
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A voter in Berlin brought his dachshund to the polling station.

Foto: KAI PFAFFENBACH/ REUTERS
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