In the governance of any organization there must be a means to address issues, make changes, and set needed regulations. Public companies in the United States make major decisions about business and future strategies via proposals made at annual shareholder meetings. These proposals are akin to bills in the legislature of the United States government.
Shareholders, by virtue of their ownership interest in a corporation, are usually entitled to one vote per share in corporate elections or certain other policy decisions. This is true for the approval or disapproval of pension plans, additional stock authorizations, and mergers. If the shareholders can attend the annual meeting or special meetings called from