Ballot

DEFINITION of 'Ballot'

The documentation representing a shareholder's decision when a company's ownership group votes on corporate issues. Ballots are usually dispersed at annual meetings, when shareholders vote in the board of directors.

BREAKING DOWN 'Ballot'

In most situations, the ballot is a simple piece of paper outlining the possible choices for a corporate issue. When attending an annual meeting, shareholders will be required to fill out the ballot to register their votes. If someone is unable to vote in person, electronic or phone ballots may be supplied.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Board Of Directors - B Of D

    A group of individuals that are elected as, or elected to act ...
  2. Shareholder

    Any person, company or other institution that owns at least one ...
  3. Voting Right

    The right of a stockholder to vote on matters of corporate policy ...
  4. Proxy Fight

    When a group of shareholders are persuaded to join forces and ...
  5. Voting Shares

    Shares that give the stockholder the right to vote on matters ...
  6. Share Repurchase

    A program by which a company buys back its own shares from the ...
Related Articles
  1. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Proxy Voting Gives Fund Shareholders A Say

    You have the right to take part in important company decisions - even if you cannot attend the meetings.
  2. Investing Basics

    Knowing Your Rights As A Shareholder

    We delve into common stock owners' privileges and how to be vigilant in monitoring a company.
  3. Stock Analysis

    Forest Laboratories: An Activist Investment Analysis

    Find out how patience and perseverance paid off big-time for billionaire activist Carl Icahn during his four-year fight with Forest Laboratories.
  4. Stock Analysis

    Tribune Media: An Activist Investment Analysis (TRCO)

    Learn more about the breakup of Tribune Company, once a powerful newspaper and broadcasting giant, and the role of activist investor Cliff Robbins.
  5. Stock Analysis

    PepsiCo: An Activist Investment Analysis (PEP)

    Read about the nearly two-year public feud between activist investor Nelson Peltz, head of Trian Fund Management, and iconic soft drink maker PepsiCo.
  6. Stock Analysis

    Hologic: An Activist Investment Analysis (HOLX)

    Read about a health care company that attracted activist investors Carl Icahn, Barry Rosenstein and Ralph Whitworth at the same time.
  7. Stock Analysis

    Air Products and Chemicals: An Activist Investment Analysis (APD)

    Learn about the productive, and uncommonly friendly, activist investment made by Bill Ackman into Air Products and Chemicals.
  8. Economics

    Why Enron Collapsed

    Enron’s collapse is a classic example of greed gone wrong.
  9. Stock Analysis

    4 Executives Who May Be On Thin Ice in 2016 (CMG,TWTR)

    Find out the reasons why these executives of underperforming companies may find themselves on the chopping block in the coming year.
  10. Stock Analysis

    Fortune Brands Home & Security: An Activist Investment Analysis (FBHS)

    Read about Bill Ackman's highly successful breakup of longtime holding company Fortune Brands in one of the most profitable examples of Wall Street activism.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Why would a company have multiple share classes, and what are super voting shares?

    Firstly, do not confuse different classes of common stock with preferred stock. Preferred shares are an entirely different ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. If I own a stock in a company, do I get a say in the company's operations?

    You don't get a direct say in a company's day-to-day operations, but, depending on whether you own voting or non-voting stock, ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What do states do with unclaimed property?

    Unclaimed property refers to personal accounts in financial institutions or companies that have had no activity and whose ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How do financial advisors execute trades?

    Today, almost every investor invests through online brokerage accounts. Investors often believe that their trades are directly ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are ComputerShare's escheatment services?

    Escheatment is the process by which ownership of abandoned property is transferred to the state. Escheated property can include ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How does escheatment affect a company's shareholders?

    Escheated property in the United States is a designation for personal property such as bank accounts, shares, insurance proceeds, ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
  2. Discouraged Worker

    A person who is eligible for employment and is able to work, but is currently unemployed and has not attempted to find employment ...
  3. Ponzimonium

    After Bernard Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme was revealed, many new (smaller-scale) Ponzi schemers became exposed. Ponzimonium ...
  4. Quarterly Earnings Report

    A quarterly filing made by public companies to report their performance. Included in earnings reports are items such as net ...
  5. Dark Pool Liquidity

    The trading volume created by institutional orders that are unavailable to the public. The bulk of dark pool liquidity is ...
Trading Center