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Proxy Voting, Explained

Proxy Voting, Explained

What is a proxy vote?

Every year, corporations hold annual shareholder meetings in which shareholders vote on issues that impact the future direction of the company. But not all shareholders can attend these meetings in person. That’s where proxy voting comes in.

If a shareholder is not able to attend the annual shareholder meeting in person, a proxy vote allows them to cast their ballot or vote their shares on key proposals and corporate governance issues.

What kind of issues do shareholders vote on?

You may have opportunities to vote on proposals regarding corporate governance, executive pay, leadership selection, stock options and corporate social responsibility. Choosing the board of directors is usually the most high-profile shareholder vote. 

How do I know which items are on the ballot?

You’ll receive proxy materials by mail or email, enclosed with important information: 

Proxy Voting