In another reform meant to streamline the process, this year petitioning is being conducted entirely online for the first time. In past years, candidates had to submit a pink paper form with their signatures.
"Every year the president and vice-president would spend forever trying to decipher the names," council member Paul A. Gusmorino III '02 said.
This year, candidates must submit their names, e-mail addresses and districts.
Any student can run for the council by submitting a petition online at www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hruc/elections.
Elections will begin next Wednesday at midnight and run through next Friday night. Results will be posted next Saturday, and the first meeting of the new Undergraduate Council will be Sunday, Oct. 8.