How to vote

If you own stock, you should receive a proxy statement and a proxy card in advance of the meeting, either my mail or electronically. (If you own stock through a broker and never receive notifications about shareholder meetings, your broker might be voting for you. Contact him or her if you'd like to take over the voting.)

Your proxy card will include a control number and instructions about how to vote. You should follow those instructions, which will include a number of ways to vote:

  • on the internet, usually at ProxyVote.com,
  • over the phone,
  • by mail, or
  • in person (at the shareholder meeting).

You can usually register your vote up until the day before the meeting, although some brokers might require you to vote earlier. You can also resubmit your voting instructions if you change your mind. (This is to prevent vote-buying.)