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98% of People Can't Name All of These Politicians. Can You?
by Bambi Turner

Is Election Day a major event for you? Do you know more about the members of Congress than about some members of your own family? If so, you just might have what it takes to ace this quiz on some of the most popular politicians in the U.S.!

In a representative democracy like the U.S., citizens pick people to represent their interests in local, state and federal government. This could be as simple as electing the members of your local town council, or as major as choosing a President to serve as the head of state of the entire country. These representatives write the laws that affect your money, your liberties and your way of life. That means the selection process actually has a huge impact on you -- from how much of your paycheck is swallowed by taxes, to how much of that money is spent on education, to the safety of your family and community.

Despite the huge impact that our politicians have on our lives, a shocking number of people couldn't pick popular politicians out of a lineup. In fact, most people don't bother to vote at all! A 2016 study by Portland State University found that only around 15 percent of Americans show up to vote for mayor. Even in a hotly-contested event like the 2016 Presidential Election, only about two out of three Americans showed up to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. 

With such dismal voter turnout statistics, it's clear the subject of politics isn't exactly a matter of expertise for many Americans. Think you can recognize some of the country's best-known politicians from a single image? Take our quiz to find out!

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