"If upperclass voter participation doesn't go up, that doesn't mean downsizing has failed," she said.
But as of yesterday, initial concern that downsizing the council would force out dedicated members seemed unwarranted.
For example, Lowell House, historically one of the Houses with the most competitive elections, had only three people running for its three positions as of yesterday afternoon.
"People seemed to have psyched themselves out of the race," Driskell said.
The elections are likely to produce a turnover in the council's leadership, since several members of the council's executive board will not be returning to their posts this fall.
While he is standing for election in Currier House, council treasurer Sterling P.A. Darling '01 has said he does not plan to run for treasurer again. Secretary Jean E. Huang '03 of Eliot House will not be running for the council at all.
"I had other interests I wanted to pursue this year," Huang said.
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