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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.

Guests:

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.

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