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Spotlight on Proxy Matters

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One of the key rights of shareholders is the right to vote their shares on important matters that affect the companies they own. The proxy voting process is a primary way for shareholders to learn about matters to be decided at companies in which they have invested, make their views known to company management, and participate effectively at an annual or special meeting.

This webpage provides shareholders with general information about how to cast their vote and why voting should be an important consideration for shareholders. Because investment companies, including mutual funds, may have special rules governing elections of directors or trustees, not all of the information on this website will apply to investment companies.

For additional assistance, investors can call the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at 1-800-SEC-0330, or ask a question using this online form.

Investor Bulletin: Voting in Annual Shareholder Meetings - What’s New in 2012

Investor Bulletin: Say-on-Pay and Golden Parachute Votes

Proxy-Related Information


Corporate Elections FAQ

Receiving Proxy Materials FAQ

Sample Proxy Card
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Sample Voting Instruction Form
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Voting Procedures FAQ

"E-Proxy"/"Notice and Access" FAQ

Sample Proxy Notice
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The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has provided this information as a service to investors. It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy. If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.
Modified: 06/14/2017