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This issue is much more common than you would think. Luckily, it has been addressed. You can have the shareholders vote by proxy.
"Typically, a company will allow you to vote in one or more of the following ways:
• In person, you may attend the annual shareholder meeting and vote at the meeting. The materials you receive will describe what you must do to attend and vote, as well as the time, location, and date of the meeting.
• By mail, you may vote by filling out a paper proxy card if you are a registered owner or a voting instruction form if you are a beneficial owner.
• By phone, most companies provide a telephone number in the proxy materials through which you can vote. You will be prompted to vote using the control number provided in your materials.
• Over the Internet, if the company has provided that option. The materials will provide a website and control number for you to use to vote."
The following link has more information on the matter: https://www.sec.gov/spotlight/proxymatters/voting_mechanics.shtml#voting_mechanics
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