Photo Gallery: Why Is Not Voting Suddenly Cool in Germany?
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Photo Gallery: Why Is Not Voting Suddenly Cool in Germany?

Democracy's Dropouts The Quixotic Rise of German Non-Voters

With the help of intellectuals and celebrities, not voting has recently become de rigueur in Germany. But declining voter turnout harms democratic legitimacy, bolsters the power of those who prompted discontent and could sway Sunday's election.
Graphic: Declining Voter Turnout in Germany

Graphic: Declining Voter Turnout in Germany

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Translated from the German by Paul Cohen