Campus Politics '08
University of Oregon student Ella Barrett holds up a sign on campus as part of an effort to sign up new voters in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

A University of Oregon student takes part in an effort to sign up new voters in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP)

In the January snows of Iowa, young voters, college kids, played a huge part in the primary triumph of Barack Obama.

Now, with less than two weeks to final balloting, the youth vote looks like it may be huge again on Election Day. Young voters have been registered in record numbers across the country, in schools and military towns and auto-body shops.

But campuses have been the hotbed, on fire with the sense that whole lives may hinge on this election.

This hour, On Point: The campaign on campus. We’ll talk with campus newspaper editors about Obama, McCain, and the year of the youth vote.

You can join the conversation. How do you see the youth vote playing this year, on-campus or off? What’s at stake for the youngest American voters? And young voters, what matters most in this election to you? Tell us.


Joining us from Waterville, Maine, is Suzanne Merkelson, editor-in-chief of The Colby Echo, the student newspaper at Colby College.

From Dallas, Texas, and Southern Methodist University, we’re joined by Jordan Hofeditz, editor-in-chief of the SMU Daily Campus.

From Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is Allison Nichols, editor-in-chief of the Daily Tar Heel, at the University of North Carolina.

And from University Park, in central Pennsylvania, is Terry Casey, editor-in-chief of The Daily Collegian at Penn State University.

More links:

A new poll out today from Harvard’s Institute of Politics finds 18 to 24 year-old likely voters favor Barack Obama over John McCain 56 to 30. You can read the executive summary here.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Nov 30, 2015
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, center left, Minister of the Environment of Peru and COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, center right, and French Foreign Affairs Minister and COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, center, pose for photographers during a press visit to the COP21, Paris Climate Conference, site, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

World leaders converge in Paris for the big climate talks. We’ll look at what it will take to get a global climate agreement.

Nov 30, 2015
Shoppers walks in front of a holiday display Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in San Francisco.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond, we’ll add up the dollars and trends and bargains of the 2015 holiday shopping season.

Nov 27, 2015
The punk rock band Sleater-Kinney (from L: Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker) (Courtesy the Band)

Feminist punk-rockers, the band Sleater-Kinney, is with us. Reunited. Hotter than ever.

Nov 27, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving: Recipes
Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Did our Thanksgiving 2016 episode make you hungry? Good news — we’ve got recipes right here.

More »
Karl Rove Still Won’t Get Involved In The 2016 G.O.P. Primary
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

Karl Rove may say he’s not endorsing or getting involved in the 2016 G.O.P. presidential primary, but that won’t stop from offering advice on how to beat Republican front runner Donald Trump.

More »
Roger Cohen And Barry Posen On ISIS
Monday, Nov 23, 2015

A brief, but illustrative exchange between Barry Posen and Roger Cohen during our conversation on ISIS today.

More »