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By Crystal Oko

Is anything keeping young voters from showing up at the polls?

WINONA, MN (FOX 47) -- A recent NBC-Wall Street Journal-My Space poll shows 69 percent of new and returning young voters plan to vote for Barack Obama.

But the catch is that there's proof that these new voters will be difficult to get to the polls.

In the poll, Obama enjoys a more than 2-to-1 advantage among young voters, but the poll also says it's more difficult to actually get young voters to the polls. But some WSU students we talked with say they'll be voting no matter what.

Ian Galchutt, a Winona State student, says, "We've been canvassing around the University getting as many people registered to vote."

The reporter asks, "You'll be voting?"

Michael Nielsen, a Winona State student, says, "Yes."

The reporter asks, "Anything that will distract you from not getting to the polls?"

Nielsen responds, "Nope."

Chelsea Doriott, a Winona State student, says, "Yes, I voted with an absentee ballot."

The reporter asks, "You'll be voting?"

Katie Cihak, a Winona State student, says, "Yes."

The reporter asks, "And this is your first time voting?"

Cihak says, "Yep."

The reporter asks, "And who will you be voting for?"

Cihak says, "John McCain."

Michael Nielsen says, "By far the number that you find is in favor of Obama."

Rachel Amiot, a Winona State student, says, "Being a freshman, and being my first time voting, I think it's important to not let other people influence your vote, you need to vote for yourself."

Ian Galchutt, a Winona State student, says, "I actually already voted."

The WSU Student Senate has been working hard to educate first-time voters, and is even providing shuttles to and from the polls.

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