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Proxy Voting Roundtable

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Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Notice of roundtable discussion; request for comment.


The Securities and Exchange Commission will host a roundtable to explore ways to improve the proxy voting process. The roundtable will focus on universal proxy ballots and retail participation in the proxy process. Roundtable panelists will discuss the state of contested director elections and whether changes should be made to the federal proxy rules to facilitate the use of universal proxy ballots by management and proxy contestants. In addition, panelists will discuss the state law, logistical and disclosure issues presented by a possible universal proxy ballot process. Roundtable panelists also will discuss strategies for increasing retail shareholder participation in the proxy process, including how technology might affect retail participation and whether the format of disclosure could be improved to increase the engagement of shareholders and how the mechanics of voting could be improved to affect retail shareholder participation.

The roundtable discussion will be held in the multi-purpose room of the Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters at 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC, on February 19, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to observe the roundtable discussion. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The roundtable discussion will also be available via webcast on the Commission's Web site at


The roundtable discussion will take place on February 19, 2015. The Commission will accept comments regarding issues addressed at the roundtable until March 31, 2015.


Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number 4-681. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help us process and review your comments more efficiently, please only use one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (​rules/​other.shtml). Comments are also available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. All comments received will be posted without change; we do not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.

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Christina Chalk, Senior Special Counsel, Division of Corporation Finance, at 202-551-3440, or Raymond Be, Special Counsel, Division of Corporation Finance, at 202-551-3500, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549.

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By the Commission.

Dated: February 13, 2015.

Jill M. Peterson,

Assistant Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2015-03509 Filed 2-19-15; 8:45 am]