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- What are the mechanics of voting either in person or by proxy?
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- What is the difference between registered and beneficial owners when voting on corporate matters?
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How do I vote at a corporate election?
Under state law, shareholders may vote at an annual or special meeting. However, since most people live hundreds of miles away from these meetings and are too busy to attend, the law permits shareholders to vote by “proxy” without being present in person. Most shareholders vote this way. In corporate elections, when you vote by proxy, you are authorizing someone (often members of the company's management) to vote according to your wishes as reflected on the proxy card at the meeting.