A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 15, 1967

EVERY presidential election year brings an assortment of straw votes aimed at indicating how part, or all, of the electorate might feel about candidates or issues. Next year TIME will underwrite a vote that will be different from any ever attempted before. It will be a nationwide presidential primary on college campuses, scheduled for April 24.

The idea was brought to us by Robert Harris, a recent graduate of Michigan State University. He pointed out that of the nearly 7,000,000 students enrolled in colleges this fall, more than 70% are under 21 and un able to vote, though their political maturity and...

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