What are the mechanics of voting either in person or by proxy?

Here are some of the ways a company may allow you to vote:

  • In person. You may attend the annual shareholder meeting and vote at the meeting. The materials you receive will describe what you must do to attend and vote, as well as the time, location, and date of the meeting.
  • By mail. You may vote by filling out a paper proxy card if you are a registered owner or, if you are a beneficial owner, a voting instruction form.
  • By phone. Most companies provide a telephone number in the proxy materials through which you can vote. You will be prompted to vote using the control number provided in your materials.
  • Over the Internet. If the company offers this option, the materials will provide a website and control number for you to use to vote.